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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  1. Posted by Texashedge | November 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    “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. Posted by Todd Bridges | November 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Too soon.

  3. Posted by Ooga Chakka | November 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    David Hasslehoff is hooked on a feeling.

  4. Posted by PamAndrson | November 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Don’t Hassle The Hoff!!

  5. Posted by AIG quant | November 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM

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

  6. Posted by One | November 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Is it UBS’ fault?

  7. Posted by Moody's Analyst | November 11, 2010 at 4:17 PM

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

  8. Posted by Guest | November 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    In Soviet Russia, Hoff hassle David

  9. Posted by Guest | November 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Is he allowed to eat hamburgers and does he sing?

  10. Posted by Former Lehman Risk Manager | November 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM

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

  11. Posted by AIG quant | November 11, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    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. Posted by Chuddy | November 11, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I think you meant “too late”

  13. Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    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.

  14. Posted by danker banker | November 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM


  15. Posted by David Jercslehoff | November 11, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Vickles has a Yeti moobs, too?

  16. Posted by 10yr old Soros | November 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    I want more highly politicized comments that smack of antisemitism.

  17. Posted by AAAAAAAAAahhhhhhhhhhhh | November 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    In Soviet Russia, Hasselhoff is still a cool douche.

  18. Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Hoff haters = playa haters.

  19. Posted by Guest | November 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    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. Posted by Guest | November 11, 2010 at 5:24 PM

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

  21. Posted by Guest | November 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Or not.

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

  22. Posted by hoff | November 11, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    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. Posted by Kent_Dorfman | November 11, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Sounds like Vic needs a hug.