Opening bit at the Council on Foreign Relations. "It's not so long ago that I was introduced by a guy who said, 'Larry, do you know what it takes to succeed as an economist?' I said, 'No,' and waited. He said, 'An economist is somebody who's pretty good with figures but doesn't quite have the personality to be an accountant.' It was in Moscow and no one got the joke." Hi-yoooo. So self-deprecation is apparently going to be the name of today's game? If so, get psyched for the narc cracks.