Warren Buffett Would Do Anything For Capitalism Lovers But He Won’t Do That

“He pretty much does anything you ask him to,” Antonio Espinosa, an MBA candidate at Notre Dame told the Wall Street Journal today of Warren Buffett. Espinosa was specifically referring to the time-honored photoshoots Buffett stars in several times a year after having lunch (chicken parmesan and root beer floats) with business students and driving them around in his Cadillac. Where the willingness to do “anything” comes into play is after taking a “serious shot,” suitable for featuring in the family newsletter, when Buffett does a “funny pose” with each participant, who is granted free reign on direction. Among the most recent group, there was a junior at Northern Arizona University who requested WB act like he was proposing to her (“Please take me. Please have me,” he begged); a Northwestern finance major who asked a classmate to “help her tug on Mr. Buffett, one woman on each side, so it would look like they were fighting over him for a date”; another Wildcat who “asked Mr. Buffett to mimic the famous pose from ‘Home Alone,’ by putting hands to his head and making a silent scream”; and a second year at University of Toronto’s b-school, who told him “I’m going to whisper something in your ear– pretend I’m saying something very exciting!” (“he started making these noises, like “Oooh!”‘). Unfortunately, not everything always goes according to plan.

While waiting for his turn, Pat Ryan was disappointed to see a handful of other students ahead of him in line doing the same thing he planned: swapping eyeglasses with Mr. Buffett. Mr. Ryan, a 29-year-old M.B.A. student at Notre Dame, had to think fast. At the last minute, he ditched his original plan and instead asked Mr. Buffett to grab the young man’s tie and pretend to choke him. Mr. Buffett didn’t hesitate, laughing as he followed Mr. Ryan’s instructions. “He went right for it, and you could tell he really enjoyed it,” says Mr. Ryan.

Though Ryan was able to think fast, not everyone can improvise. What’s more, now that it’s been reported that Buffett enjoys choking people out on camera, lots of kids are going to request the pose, hoping to impress him. What would be more impressive, however, would be bringing a little originality and lot out of outside the box to the scene. For students that need some help, perhaps we could do them a solid and throw some ideas out? According to Buffett, “I’d do anything they want, though I draw the line at proposing to a man,” so, with that one exception, sky’s pretty much the limit. As jumping off points we’ve got getting him to pose wearing a tee-shirt that says I Heart Lubrozol, miming blowing him, or you wearing a Lloyd mask while handing him a Publisher’s Clearinghouse-sized check for $5,649,000,000.

For These Fans, a Day With Buffett Offers Wealth of Photo Opportunities [WSJ]

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31 Responses to “Warren Buffett Would Do Anything For Capitalism Lovers But He Won’t Do That”

  1. Backdoor_Bess says:

    I am suddenly craving meatloaf

  2. The Truth says:

    donkey punch

  3. InLovewithLacey says:

    I bet you've got a lotta nice ties at home. Wanna tie me up with one of your ties…Ty?

  4. derp says:

    Draw me like one of your French Girls

  5. Beaker says:

    Ok, ok, pretend you're writing me a check for $20B, and shake my hand while smiling at the camera.

    – B. Moynihan

  6. Guest says:

    Cinnamon Challenge.

  7. guest says:

    "As jumping off points we’ve got wearing tee-shirt that says I Heart Lubrozol and miming blowing him."

    take out "miming"

    • Guest says:

      WB seems to be on the same page – "More than 200 colleges are on a waiting list to spend time with Mr. Buffett, who requires that women represent at least one-third of the students from each school."

  8. D. Carradine says:

    I like where that young man's head is at.

    • VonSloneker says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. "A new sensation" indeed

      – The Ghost of Michael Hutchence

  9. Alan_Stanwyk says:

    Damn, I was going to do the old tie bit… I guess I need to go with my back-up plan – Arabian goggles.

  10. guest says:

    That last tag made my week

  11. Guest says:

    Think anyone got him to do a Tebow?

    -guy who is not sure if this trend is still cool or relevant but thought he'd ask

  12. guest says:

    B-school nerds are so original and funny. No they're not.

  13. THE U.S. Treasury says:

    I'd have him pose by playing tug-o-war with his wallet. He'll smile at the camera (read: the public) acting like he's not fighting to keep all the wealth he can legally keep, and I'll stare intently at the wallet foaming at the mouth like I have rabies that makes me attack rich people's wallets.

  14. Confused says:

    What's Andy Bernard doing there?

  15. Guest says:

    I'd get to the front of the line, look at him and say, "No, I'm O.K." and decline the photo opportunity.

  16. Cut Me says:

    Careful there, Pat!
    -D. Carradine

  17. Lube Analyst says:

    It's "Lubrizol"

  18. Dick Holder says:

    I would ask the old fraud prick to pose in his depends

  19. Big Snake says:

    I'd put on 100, get a fake tan, grow a stache, grab a prison uniform, change my diet to exclusively Indian, and then mime blowing him.

    -guy who likes Raj a little too much

  20. MangoBanker91 says:

    Would love to see him at Berkeley, I think they would be able to get pretty creative.