Last November, hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman penned an “Open Letter To The President Of The United States of America,” in which he detailed the many ways Barack Obama was pissing him off. The Omega Advisors founder accused the President (and his “minions”) of engaging in class warfare, expressed disbelief that he could attack “capitalists who…fill store shelves at Christmas” and still sleep at night, and advised Obama to “eschew the polarizing vernacular of political militancy,” lest he lose Cooperman’s vote the next year.  While LC says that he received a major outpouring of support for his words (“[he] keeps a bulging manila folder of congratulatory notes in his office”), others were less than pleased at what they saw as a guy who has actually done pretty okay under Obama lashing out because his feelings were hurt on the occasions the president was perceived to have a “tone” in his voice when discussing the mega-wealthy (“If I knew where you lived, I’d put a bomb in your car,” one person wrote Cooperman to say).

Similarly, Cooperman’s suggestion, made publicly several times, that America should be worried about the startling parallels between Obama’s rise to power and that of Adolf Hitler,* was met with mixed reviews, including one by his wife in which she called him a “schmuck.”

And while some** have found it preposterous that Cooperman would paint himself as a victim of Obama, their astonishment speaks to not knowing the whole story, i.e. exactly what this man- no, this monster- did to Leon, and why he is not fit to be President of the United States of America.

Last July, before he had written the letter, Cooperman was invited to the White House for a reception to honor wealthy philanthropists who had signed Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least fifty per cent of their net worth to charity. At the event, Cooperman handed the President two copies of “Inspired: My Life (So Far) in Poems,” a self-published book written by Courtney Cooperman, his fourteen-year-old granddaughter. Cooperman was surprised that the President didn’t send him a thank-you note or that Malia and Sasha Obama, for whom the books were intended as a gift and to whom Courtney wrote a separate letter, didn’t write to Courtney. (After Cooperman grumbled to a few friends, including Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, Michelle Obama did write. Booker, who was also a recipient of Courtney’s book, promptly wrote her “a very nice note,” Cooperman said.)

Now do you understand? Even Hitler would have sent SOMETHING.

Super-Rich Irony [New Yorker]
Earlier: Leon Cooperman Doesn’t Like The Tone Of President Obama’s Voice

*Settle down, he wasn’t saying Obama IS Hitler, would would be physiologically impossible, he was just saying Obama is the SECOND COMING OF Hitler:

“You know, the largest and greatest country in the free world put a forty-seven-year-old guy that never worked a day in his life and made him in charge of the free world,” Cooperman told the New Yorker in May. “Not totally different from taking Adolf Hitler in Germany and making him in charge of Germany because people were economically dissatisfied. Now, Obama’s not Hitler. I don’t even mean to say anything like that. But it is a question that the dissatisfaction of the populace was so great that they were willing to take a chance on an untested individual.”

**Mrs. Cooperman, for example.:

She is still a liberal, a position that puts her in the minority in their social circle. “She can be a socialist because she’s married to a capitalist,” Cooperman says of his wife, who is strongly pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. She calls Todd Akin, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry “morons,” and she worries about the underclass. “I care more about the disadvantaged people of America,” she said, comparing her politics with those of her husband.

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  1. Posted by InfiniteGuest | October 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Not for nothing, Hitler was famously conscientious about thank-you notes. And if he didn't promptly return your phone calls or RSVP to your dinner parties that pretty much meant you were dead to him.

  2. Posted by pazzo83 | October 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Yes Leon, the parallels between early 21st Century America and the Weimar Republic in the early 1930s are striking!

    – Sarcastic History Book

  3. Posted by Mexi_Cant | October 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Leo, I think you might be in need of a new wife.

    -Every woman in America

  4. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This sounds like something straight out of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.

    What is it with the Jews and thank you note drama?

  5. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Tell me about it.

    -Claus von Stauffenberg

  6. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Anti-Semite says what?

  7. Posted by pazzo83 | October 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    "he was just saying Obama is the SECOND COMING OF Hitler"

    Oh, I was kinda hoping for that role…

    – M Ahmadinejad

  8. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Eh, as someone who actually knows Curb, Larry, would have NOT sent a thank you note for a gift (probably having thought the verbal thank you upon receiving it was enough) and incurred the wrath of some WASP.

    -guy who thinks you should send a handwritten apology for not getting this

  9. Posted by Glass Half Full Guy | October 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Close second prize – getting that "Iranians aren't Arabs, they're Persians" shout out in Homeland last night, so you've got that going for you.

  10. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    …pretty much meant you were dead.

    (Fixed it for you.)

    -Ernst Roehm

  11. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Much like Obama voters, they have a strong desire to feel morally superior.

  12. Posted by Assburgher | October 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Interesting that he doesn't acknowledge that by donating to Obama back in '07 he is partly to blame for the furious vengeance that has been brought down on his ilk. Running a hedge fund and donating to someone who openly desires redistribution of wealth = schmuck.

  13. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Anti-Semitic Romney voter having trouble come to grips with the campaign's implosion says what?

  14. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM


  15. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Not so easy to trade out of a Presidency position, only one tick every four years

  16. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Oh, he's a schmuck alright, but not for the reasons you retardedly believe.

  17. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Brevity = wit.

  18. Posted by Benito | October 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Tell me about it, I wanted to be the First "El Supremo" of a Facist State but ended up just hanging around a gas station.

    El Duce

  19. Posted by Jerry | October 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Uncle Leo?

  20. Posted by Putin | October 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Says the American

  21. Posted by Lil Bama | October 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Hey Leon, skeet skeet skeet on your corned beef!

  22. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Tediousness = limbs, outward flourishes?

  23. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Which is nice.

  24. Posted by Pietro_F | October 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    It's a simple mistake. If Leon had given Michelle the memoirs he would've gotten a thank you note within a week. Expecting a husband to remember a thank you is like thinking they're going to clean the bathroom.

  25. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Not it that suit.

    -Hugo Boss

  26. Posted by Not Ati-Semite | October 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM



  27. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Have we meet?

    -The little boy who cried wolf.

  28. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM


  29. Posted by pazzo83 | October 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM


    – M Gibson

  30. Posted by Wop | October 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM


  31. Posted by Long Fellow | October 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Obsession is
    Merely the

  32. Posted by Bandersnatch | October 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I was wondering about that when we didn't get a nice note after handing him the Sudetenland
    – Czechoslovakia

  33. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I hear Leon also decided to donate 1/2 of his clients money to charity called "LONG and WRONG" back in 2008, problem is he didn't inform them ahead of time.

    -guy who's tired of billionaires bitching about a system that favors them no matter who's in charge

  34. Posted by Just Curious | October 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    So you're saying that because he has a lot, he shouldn't feel badly about, or react to, feeling attacked?

  35. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Are you sarcastic regarding the lingering global recession caused by over investment, a stock market bubble, and a resulting credit crisis? Which then created an opportunity for a populist candidate to rise to power via the power of inspiring speech (for the Germans of the time at least – ick) but incomplete policy.

    Or are you denying the emerging possibility of printing money to monetize debt and the resulting hyperinflation? (Any statements re: Obama vs. Hitler are obviously meant to be inflammatory)

    -Rhyming History Book

  36. Posted by gUEST | October 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Him and every other douchebag billionaire complaining couldn't be more coddled by the Obama administration if Barack gave them all public handjobs.

  37. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM


    -guy who understands the difference between gross and net.

  38. Posted by pazzo83 | October 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I was more referring to the hyperinflation in the early 1920s in Germany that approached 29,500% monthly , which led to the economic armageddon that facilitated Hitler's rise vs what we are currently dealing with in the US.

    – Sarcastic History Book

  39. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    So was I.

    – "Cynical" Rhyming History Book – (Wait, does that just make it "Scottish History"?)

  40. Posted by Grammar Deputy | October 1, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Technically speaking, a blind person who can't read Braille is an example of someone who feels badly. As you were.

  41. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    hey leon. when you complain to your friends that the leader of the free world didn't show sufficient appreciation for the self published (!) poetic musings of your granddaughter, and they don't tell you that you've lost all perspective and should be glad he didn't circular file it right in front of you, it's time to get some new friends.

  42. Posted by Dog Folk | October 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Weimaraner. There, fixed it for you.

    – Hamilton and Meg Swan

  43. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    The hyperinflation of 1921 was 10+ years in the past by the time Herr Hitler was elected in '33. The economic crisis that brought him to power was precipitated by the collapse of the Austrian bank Creditanstalt in 1931, which in turn froze a great deal of the overleveraged European banking system (sound familiar?)

  44. Posted by LordDeb | October 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Parallels…i like it!<img src="; width="1" height="1" />

  45. Posted by guest | October 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    "know how I know you're self-involved?"

  46. Posted by Oki | October 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM


    Creditanstalt, and the collapse of similarly integrated industrial-banking firms in Germany itself, might have been the start of point but it was the German response to the crisis, the institution of crippling deflation that brought about the vast unemployment that fed into the rise of both the Nazi and the Communist Party of Germany. The choice to enact crippling deflation, in turn, was guaranteed by the German experience in the 1920s hyper inflation.

    Both you and sarcastic history book are right: but whereas he is describing things that are akin to the structure of the CDO market in August 2007, you are describing New Century Financial, or Lehman, (take your pick) going belly up and setting in motion the actual crisis.

  47. Posted by EQ in DFW | October 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I've got a long fellow for you…

  48. Posted by Guest | October 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Sehr gut

  49. Posted by silly politics | October 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    kinda futile and expensive, but one can try to at least hedge via congressional derivatives in the interim

  50. Posted by Frenchie | October 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Another reeech, miserahble, Americahn. Surprise, surprise…Zeese fuckers are bored.

  51. Posted by nachocheese | October 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    is that that spray can hair product on his head?" I thought that stuff was no longer sold….

    Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

  52. Posted by Nick | October 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM


  53. Posted by unwanted guest | October 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    "I apologize for comparing Hitler to a black guy who never held a job."

  54. Posted by Brudda | October 3, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Says the American

    -Any African Head of State

  55. Posted by penseur | October 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    But guys, have you read her poetry? SO good! The Rebecca Black of the self-published poetry scene!

    Here's her poem titled "I Am…"

    I am Courtney Cooperman
    I wonder about the world and its past and future
    I hear my friends laughing when we have fun
    I see worlds in a stack or better known as heaps of books
    I am unique.

    I used to pretend my dolls were alive and were my children
    I feel that I can make a difference
    I touch the page of a book with love
    I worry of a horrible future
    I cry when I am upset or have upset someone
    I am a child.

    I understand many Jewish customs and enjoy them
    I say the world should be peaceful
    I dream of a future filled with kindness
    I try to help others
    I hope for a happy life in which I can make a difference
    I am myself.

  56. Posted by Christopher Guest | October 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Better than Jewel.

  57. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    That poor girl. All 14 year olds have half-baked ideas. This one had the bad luck to catch the attention of parents with too much money, too much time, and pretty much a zero in the common sense category.

  58. Posted by Linda Rothenberg | October 9, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Remember me, Leon? You probably won't because it was so long ago when my family left NY in the early 50's to live in NJ. Our families lived together on Aldus Street. You were my childhood "boyfriend," so to speak. My life hasn't been easy. I've been divorced since 1982. My income is a mere $25,000 a year, although I work three jobs just to make that piddly amount of money. Yes, Leon, I'm one of the 47% Mitt Romney referred to when he gave his little talk to billionaires like yourself, revealing his true beliefs about the middle class in our country.

    Still don't remember who I am? Well, I'll tell ya. My name is Linda Rothenberg/Bornstein. (Brothers: Jeffrey and Iven) They don't admire you anymore either. Money corrupts. P.S: I really admire your wife, Toby, who is on my side when it comes to her beliefs. Money hasn't corrupted her. Take some advice from her.

    Linda Rothenberg

  59. Posted by Stephan Stovall | October 11, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    pretty good insights, but i kinda heard it before.