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Larry Summers Learned One Invaluable Lesson While Running Harvard

What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins? “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” the former president of Harvard said in an interview at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss were at Harvard at the same time that Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, and they had come to Summers for help in their fight for a piece of the action. Summers dismissed them, a scene dramatized in the movie the “Social Network.” Summers didn’t try to dispel the portrayal. “One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case.” [Fortune]

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  1. Golf Clap says:

    I’d like to “+1″ Larry Summers for his comment.

  2. Guest says:

    For once this guy got something right!u00a0

  3. Guess says:

    Larry forgot “facing suspension” as a reason for an undergrad to get dressed up.u00a0

    • Anonymous says:

      You don’t wind up in front of the President for that; just the Dean of Students (or Student Life or whatever the bs pc title-of-the-day is)nn-guy who’s been there, done that…

      • Matt Furnas says:

        You don’t wind up in front of the President for a job interview either.. category was why undergrads wear a suit period… Suit up.nn- Barney Stinson

  4. Upset donor says:

    So Larry, nothing about betting theu00a0operating budgetu00a0on Denham, Charles Bank, Fortress, et al?

  5. Guest says:

    … and woman are bad at math.

  6. McKinsey senior douchebag says:

    I don’t get it – I wore ties and jackets all the time around campus. Helped me to create value and solve problems.

  7. Put_Option says:

    The blazer I wore that day came from the Brooks Brothers flagship store on Madison. Those are the only true Brooks Brothers’ navies. Other navies might as well be from the outlets. My tie was Paul Stuart or J. Press, I can’t remember. All topped off nicely with a pair of Alden bucks. We would never wear something as nouveau riche as Hermes, Ferragamo, or that other Euro-trash. We wanted to show Mr. Summers the respect that an institution like Harvard commands, and treat others with respect as well. And Mr. Summers acted like a member of the proletariat. nnNo one talks down to Winklevoss. Just try. I’ll sue you and your family. Do you know who my father is? Do you know who I am? Better than you and that’s all you need to know. nn- Tyler Winklevoss

    • Guest says:

      Brooks Brothersn”when you just feel like giving up”

      • Randall says:

        As someone who just discovered what an “out” is, I now feel my fashion knowledgeu00a0may beu00a0lacking as well. Are Bonobos also in poor taste?

  8. Brian1284 says:

    What if they are dressed all in Vineyard Vines does that make them a clown or d bag?

  9. Jackie Treehorn says:

    Larry Summers has mistaken me for this dickhead Marcus Halberstram. It seems logical nbecause Marcus also works at P&P and in fact does the same exact nthing I do and he also has a penchant for Valentino suits and Oliver nPeoples glasses. Marcus and I even go to the same barber, although I nhave a slightly better haircut.nn

  10. Winklevii Smith says:

    Larry: What would you say if man walked in here with a tie and a jacket on a Thursday afternoon, and I listened to him? What would you say?u00a0Tyler W: He must have had on some really nice Bonobos

  11. Gozer says:

    ConnectU would have sucked anyhow, douchenozzles

  12. Not Impressed says:

    Also +1 for Larry.nnBut I must say, as an undergraduate for 4 years, I have also learned a few things. u00a0If a university administrator has a pulse, then there is one possibility… he’s an asshole, just punching the time card until his pension kicks in.

  13. Wahoo says:

    One of the things you learn as a college president at Harvardu00a0is that if an undergraduate is wearingu00a0a mini skirt,u00a0a large blue blazer, carrying her heels and make-up smearedu00a0about her faceu00a0on Thursday afternoon at three ou2019clock, there are two possibilities. One is that the BC fuck truck is missingu00a0a straggler; the other is that they’ve been to The Porcellian recently.

  14. NewsFeed says:

    And people who wear hoodies all day every day are not assholes?

  15. Gues says:

    Larry has his motives…he’s clearly pissed with the whole doorknob episode.

  16. EvilBuzzard says:

    u201cOne of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three ou2019clock, there are two possibilities. One is that theyu2019re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole.” nnHe should embrace the power of “And”.u00a0

  17. Summers is a db says:

    Or maybe they're nervous about meeting the president of their university and want to make a good impression?

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