Vikram Pandit Finally Understands What It’s Like To Be David Hasselhoff

Here in the United States, David Hasselhoff is seen as the guy who gets drunk and eats cheeseburgers off the floor. To put it mildly, he doesn’t get much respect. Over in Germany, however, he’s the second coming of Christ and is treated like a prince. Until recently, Vikram Pandit never knew what it felt like to be loved and hated in equal measure, and didn’t really understand how hard The Hoff had it. Yesterday, at the G20 Summit, however, he hinted that he’s starting to relate.

At a gathering here of top executives in the G-20 Business Summit, a parallel gathering alongside the meeting of leaders from the Group of 20 economic powers, Mr. Pandit suggested that the environment for financial companies in the United States was rather frosty. “I kind of feel like I’m living in parallel universes,” Mr. Pandit said in a forum that included Peter Sands of Standard Chartered Bank and Stephen A. Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group. “I’m here in Korea and I feel this warmth and need and the sense of trying to have a dialogue with each other, but then when I get back to my real universe, it’s cold in that universe.”

Pandit Finds More Love (For Banks) Abroad [Dealbook]

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23 Responses to “Vikram Pandit Finally Understands What It’s Like To Be David Hasselhoff”

  1. Texashedge says:

    “David Hasselhoff’s liver is so shriveled, black, and dead that if you put your ear to his stomach, you’ll hear ‘whatchoo talkin’ about Willis?'”

  2. Todd Bridges says:

    Too soon.

  3. Ooga Chakka says:

    David Hasslehoff is hooked on a feeling.

  4. PamAndrson says:

    Don’t Hassle The Hoff!!

  5. AIG quant says:

    Guys – I’ve been having trouble settling my bond trades today. Market seems unusually slow – anyone know what the deal is?

  6. One says:

    Is it UBS’ fault?

  7. Moody's Analyst says:

    Maybe you should unplug your lan line, blow into the hole and lick the end of the connector. That should fix things.

  8. Guest says:

    In Soviet Russia, Hoff hassle David

  9. Guest says:

    Is he allowed to eat hamburgers and does he sing?

  10. Former Lehman Risk Manager says:

    Something major’s going on. Soldiers are taking to the streets. I hope it’s not a dirty bomb.

  11. AIG quant says:

    Thanks – how are things going over at 745 7th? It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch with my coverage guys there.

  12. Chuddy says:

    I think you meant “too late”

  13. danker banker says:


  14. Anonymous says:

    Dealbook chose not to mention that Mr. Pandit’s speech about “warmth,” “need,” and “trying to have a dialogue” was delivered in the House of the Red Chrysanthemum, Seoul’s leading brothel.

  15. David Jercslehoff says:

    Vickles has a Yeti moobs, too?

  16. 10yr old Soros says:

    I want more highly politicized comments that smack of antisemitism.

  17. AAAAAAAAAahhhhhhhhhhhh says:

    In Soviet Russia, Hasselhoff is still a cool douche.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hoff haters = playa haters.

  19. Guest says:

    Out of all the comments made on various memes I think yours is the best over-arching “synchro-meme” I’ve seen in some time.

  20. Guest says:

    We need a button to click that reads “Clever”.

  21. Guest says:

    Or not.

    -Guy who’s a kill joy while at work.

  22. hoff says:

    Du bist das mädchen, das zu mir gehört, Ich lebe nur noch f¨¹r dich. Du bist alles, was ich habe auf der welt, Du bist alles, was ich will.

  23. Kent_Dorfman says:

    Sounds like Vic needs a hug.