SALT Conference

  • 10 May 2012 at 7:00 PM

SALT 2012 Entertainment Will Let Himself Out

“In case you don’t know who we are, we’re Maroon 5,” joked Levine, who performed wearing skinny jeans, a tight black T-shirt revealing extensive tattoos, and his signature three-day stubble. Most people in the several hundred person crowd indeed weren’t sure what they were watching. What’s their name again?” asked on elderly asset trustee; another 40-something hedge fund manager said he looked up the odd-sounding name shortly before the show. “I had to Google it,” he admitted…For the most partk, hedge funders watched politely if unenthusiastically while sipping on Bud Light bottles and 2008 Washington state Merlot; others networked in the half-full ballroom, checking their Blackberries in between business card exchanges. [AR, related, related]

  • 10 May 2012 at 5:11 PM

SALT 2012 Entertainment Wonders If This Thing Is On

“Awww yeah!” screamed Maroon 5′s Adam Levine early on, looking for an echo from the crowd. No response. An attempt to set a clapping beat with the audience also fell flat. [AR, related]

“Where are the ladies tonight?” Levine asked as the drummer kept a faint beat. One could hear a few screams. “That means there are a lot of dudes here,” he shot back. “It’s not the best ratio.” The men nodded and laughed knowingly. A few adoring women in the front screamed a little louder, and Levine indulged them. “Ladies, this song is dedicated to you,” he said before launching into She Will Be Loved. “We loved you so damn much.” [AR]

“Let’s go back to 2008, because it’s important to understand the past to understand the present.” Read more »

“There were a lot of time constraints and emotions going on…but people who are trying to dismantle it are wasting their time.”– Senator Dodd on Dodd-Frank.

“I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies,” Bush said on Wednesday at the SALT Conference in Vegas, when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama. “I excused myself and went home to take the call,” Bush said. “Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead.’” [ABC]

  • 12 May 2011 at 3:40 PM

Live-Blogging The Rex Ryan SALT Lunch

[Music playing while we wait includes "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer"]

12:45 Guy introducing Rex sees lots of similarities between the Jets coach and George W. Bush (who spoke last night): both are “winners, blunt passionate, and couldn’t care if the things they say might have consequences.”

12:50 Rex is happy to be here though, he must admit, doesn’t know anything about derivatives…”buy low, sell high, that’s all I’ve got” Read more »