“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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  1. Posted by Backdoor_Bess | February 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I am suddenly craving meatloaf

  2. Posted by The Truth | February 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    donkey punch

  3. Posted by InLovewithLacey | February 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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

  4. Posted by derp | February 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Draw me like one of your French Girls

  5. Posted by PermaGuestII | February 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    How about you and I pretend we're real people?

  6. Posted by BessLevin | February 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    You get me.

  7. Posted by Beaker | February 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

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

    – B. Moynihan

  8. Posted by Bitchtern | February 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    You get me, Bess.

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


  9. Posted by Guest | February 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Cinnamon Challenge.

  10. Posted by Backdoor_Bess | February 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    so Derp is one out of how many, 75? 100? 125?

  11. Posted by guest | February 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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

    take out "miming"

  12. Posted by D. Carradine | February 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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

  13. Posted by VonSloneker | February 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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

    – The Ghost of Michael Hutchence

  14. Posted by Guest | February 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    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."

  15. Posted by Alan_Stanwyk | February 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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

  16. Posted by guest | February 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    That last tag made my week

  17. Posted by Guest | February 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    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

  18. Posted by Bro | February 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Or a plank?

  19. Posted by Movie Buff | February 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM


  20. Posted by guest | February 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

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

  21. Posted by Sleeper | February 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Or a teaBAG?

  22. Posted by THE U.S. Treasury | February 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    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.

  23. Posted by Confused | February 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    What's Andy Bernard doing there?

  24. Posted by Guest | February 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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

  25. Posted by Cut Me | February 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Careful there, Pat!
    -D. Carradine

  26. Posted by gggggggg | February 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Sounds like a really exciting week, ace.

  27. Posted by Rick | February 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Wish I had more hands…

  28. Posted by Lube Analyst | February 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    It's "Lubrizol"

  29. Posted by Dick Holder | February 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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

  30. Posted by Big Snake | February 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    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

  31. Posted by MangoBanker91 | February 5, 2012 at 5:44 AM

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