“I have extreme problems with my office due to the hurricane and that is where I am focused,” Cooperman wrote in response to a request for comment by Absolute Return about the reelection of Barack Obama, whose rise to power Cooperman previously likened to that of Adolf Hitler and who, by the by, is still yet to send a handwritten thank you note for “Inspired: My Life (So Far) in Poems,” the self-published memoir of Cooperman’s 14 year-old granddaughter. That comes through, maybe then he has something to say about the events of last Tuesday. [AR, earlier]
Leon Cooperman’s Beef With President Obama Involves An Unsolicited Copy Of His 14 Year-Old Granddaughter’s Self-Published Memoirs And Not One Handwritten Thank-You Note In ReturnBy Bess Levin
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. Read more »
Fellow Country Club Members Throw Decorum To The Wind To Thank Leon Cooperman For Giving A Voice To The OppressedBy Bess Levin
Capitalists “are not the scourge that they are too often made out to be” and the wealthy aren’t “a monolithic, selfish and unfeeling lot,” hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman wrote in a Nov. 28 open letter to the president. They make products that “fill store shelves at Christmas” and provide health care to millions. Cooperman, 68, said in an interview that he can’t walk through the dining room of St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, without being thanked for speaking up. At least four people expressed their gratitude on Dec. 5 while he was eating an egg-white omelet, he said. “You’ll get more out of me,” the billionaire said, “if you treat me with respect.” [Bloomberg, earlier]
…and has issued a missive of her own in response to the hedge fund manger’s open letter to President Obama:
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Last week, Leon Cooperman held a conference call with Omega Advisors’ investors, in which he expressed frustration at a lack of palatable presidential candidates who have what it takes to make this country great. So dire is the situation that Cooperman told them that he’d just have to run for president himself. Was he kidding? No, he was not.
Cooperman insists that he was not kidding.
Why then, if he was so dead serious, has he not announced his candidacy? He was planning on hanging up the phone and having his secretary send out an email to his entire address book, importance marked ‘high as fuck,’ to do just that, but his investors held him back.
Cooperman…was talked out of it by his spooked investors, who urged him to continue managing their money.
While he sadly won’t be making a play for the Oval Office, Cooperman did take the time to jot down a couple of his ideas that any candidates are free to crib, entitled “Presidential Plan.” Read more »