White House economist Austan Goolsbee is calling for a little decorum from AIG CEO Bobby Benmosche after the wine aficionado's less than complementary remarks about the people in Washington who removed the company from death row last year. While a simple 'don't bite the hand that feeds' warning probably would have been sufficient, when you refer to the folks in DC as "crazies", a more detailed dressing down is in order.
"I don't know what the new CEO [Robert Benmosche] is referring to when he's saying the government people are 'crazies,' but I would just caution them not to be too cheeky because, the government ‑‑ the American people saved the day and they didn't do it because they liked AIG or they thought they were really great guys who deserve hundreds of billions of dollars," Goolsbee said in the interview, posted online today.
"I mean, they did it to prevent the economy from melting down, and I think people ought to be a little more circumspect in their pronouncements about the government," Goolsbee said.
Your reply Mr. Benmosche? In as much detail as possible please.