Goldman Sachs emerged from the financial crisis as the whipping boy of Wall Street. But on Monday evening, the firm’s chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein, was feted like a king. Or perhaps like a rabbi. “Lloyd, I’d like to welcome you to your second bar mitzvah,” David K. Wassong, the co-head of private equity at Soros Fund Management, said at the annual Wall Street Dinner sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York, a charitable organization focused on Jewish philanthropy. “The only difference is that tonight the money goes to UJA.” [...] For Mr. Blankfein and Gary D. Cohn, the No. 2 at Goldman, the evening reflected the firm’s prominent position on Wall Street and the public relations recovery it has undertaken since the crisis. One financial analyst, Michael Mayo, approached Mr. Cohn after the event and jokingly suggested that the folks at Goldman should send a Hanukkah present to Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, a bank that has recently fallen from favor in Washington after a number of run-ins with regulators. Mr. Cohn smiled at the suggestion. “I have a joke about that,” he said. But with a reporter present, he declined to tell it. [Dealbook]

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  1. Posted by guest | December 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    ass, grundle, let's call the whole thing off.

  2. Posted by guest | December 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    go on.

    -j. gundlach

  3. Posted by guest | December 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    seconded!

    -ping jiang, who never gets love here anymore

  4. Posted by Shecky Brooks | December 4, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Last year, just before Hanukkah, Jamie Dimon was giving directions to Gary Cohn. 'You come to the front door of the building. I am in 22B.'

    Dimon then continued, 'There is a big panel at the door. With your elbow push button 22. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow hit 22. When you get out I am on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell.'

    'Jamie, that sounds easy,' replied Cohn, 'but why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow.'

    To which Dimon answered, 'You're coming to visit empty handed?'