They said it couldn’t be done. They laughed when people suggested otherwise. They had good money riding on it, fact. They were wrong. And so today, we need to give a little credit where a little credit is due. A lot, in fact. Today, we need to give it up for AIG. Specifically, to the man at the top. Bobby “I’m gonna do unspeakable things to Andrew Cuomo” Benmosche, who’s achieved something so huge, it must be noted, and perhaps even toasted later today when his employees cut out early for 2for1′s. Have the taxpayers gotten their money back? No. Think bigger and wayyy more momentous. Read more »
Robert Benmosche has a vineyard in Croatia take care of and the finest bathroom fixtures money can buy. And it would be nice to tend to his grapes and enjoy some time on the can without having to worry about the company he’s been tasked with turning around, and the government breathing down his neck. He’s threatened to leave before and if he did now, people probably woudln’t give him too much shit, since it’s what every AIG CEO does anyway. Tradition and whatnot. But he’s promised his little workers that despite the fact that he honestly cannot take Ken Feinberg being such a god damn nag, and he’d be a lot happier just taking off, Daddy’s no deadbeat. Today he reaffirmed that commitment. Read more »
Today the Journal has a story examining the effects of absentee CEOs, particularly those running some of our nation’s shittiest bailed out companies. Though there is the argument that these firms will never learn to stand on their own feet unless we stop coddling them, some feel the absence of daddy chief execs hurts employee morale, and so on and so forth. What does AIG commander-in-chief Robert Benmosche have to say about that? Shove it up your ass. As previously stated by Bobby himself, he can do just as good a job remotely in Croatia, where he has grapes to tend to and the finest bathrooms money can buy to take advantage of as he can in lower Manhattan. Also? He’ll be damned if he’s gonna fork over extra money to the government when Ken Feinberg is already raping his employees blind. Read more »
Timmy G’s tormentor-in-chief Rep. Darrell Issa will get to the bottom of that whole AIG saga, believe you me. Issa sent yet another letter to Bernanke yesterday, asking him to turn over all Fed documents related to the AIG bailout and its credit-default counterparties. Apparently those 250,000 pages they already turned in don’t reveal anything and the document production is “incomplete and not in full compliance with the Committee’s subpoena.”
Kudos to Matthew Goldstein who yesterday got a hold of AIG’s much sought-after Schedule A, “List of Derivatives Transactions.” Let’s hope that Hollywood optioned the AIG saga, because the story is too good to pass. (I’m digressing for a moment, but any thoughts on who could play Geither? Blankfein? Liddy?) While the unveiling of Sked-A identifies the 178 mortgage-related securities, or CDOs that AIG wrote CDS on, the fact that some people seem surprised at these, seems, well, surprising, to say the least.
SIGTARP Neil Barofsky- who is testifying later today- is adding oil to the AIG fire, saying in prepared remarks that French regulators were actually willing to negotiate AIG’s obligations after all. The claim further undercuts the argument the Fed has been using all along, namely that they didn’t push domestic counterparties to take haircuts as foreign regulators were unwilling and/or legally barred from taking discounts.