If you need a hint, the context: Thursday, September 18, 2008. Andrew Ross Sorkin reports in his new book that Lloyd Blankfein had just received an email from one of his traders claiming that JPMorgan was trying to steal Goldman hedge fund clients by spreading rumors the firm was going under. LB was pissed and immediately called up Dimon to find out where JD got off (allegedly) screwing him over like this. Jamie said he didn't know about any ungentlemanly conduct going on, but that it was conceivable some of his guys could be doing shit without his knowledge. Blankfein was sick of these attempts to evade the question and knew what he had to do. Show JD he meant business with a pop-culture reference. But which flick did the movie buff decide to quote for his big speech? Was it:
A. Backdoor Sluts 9 LB had recently finished the entire series so it was fresh in his mind, most especially the harrowing scene that was performed sans lube, which felt disturbingly similar to what was going on right now.
B. Saving Private Ryan Blankfein loves a good WWII movie and at the time, this really did feel like war.
C. Kingpin If the Goldman CEO has said once, he's said it a thousand times: "Take that, you freaky piece of shit. You don't mow another guy's lawn. " (The follow-up was also apt: "It's a small world when you've got unbelievable tits Jamie.")
D. Beaches The entire thing, all parts. What? It was a tense time and LB was feeling very emotional. He was hoping there was a chance Bette Midler spoke to Dimon on the same level.
E. The Big Lebowski Perhaps JD hadn't yet seen what happens when one fucks a stranger in the ass.
F. All of the above.
G. None of the above.
The answer we were looking for was G, none of the above.
Blankfein had been hearing these rumors for the past 24 hours, but he had finally had enough. He was furious. The rumormongering, he felt, had gotten out of control. And he couldn't believe JPMorgan was trashing his firm to his own clients. He could feel himself becoming as anxious as Mack had sounded when they spoke the day before.
He called Dimon, too. "We've got to talk," Blankfein began, then tried to calmly explain his problem. "I'm not saying you're doing it, but there are a lot of footprints here."
"Well, people may be doing something that I don't know about," Dimon replied. "But they know what I've said, which is that we're not going after our competitors in the middle of all this."
Blankfein, however, wasn't buying this explanation. "But, Jamie, if they're still doing it, you can't be telling them not to!" Trying to get his point across, Blankfein, a movie buff, started doing his own rendition of A Few Good Men: "Did you order the Code Red? Did you say your guys would never do anything?"