"First of all, I take exception to the 'you guys' comment. I did not create these C.D.O.'s."
--John A. Thain, Merrill Lynch's chief executive, responding to an analyst comment during the securities firm's conference call Thursday afternoon. He was referring to mortgage investments that Merrill made under his predecessor, E. Stanley O'Neal.
Stan O'Neal, Are You Listening [DealBook]