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Why Isn't John Mack at the Obama Speech?

Here's a list of notable attendees, released by the White House via The Washington Post, among the 700 who were invited to President Obama's speech this afternoon. Curiously absent was John Mack who, in a moment of candor, famously said "We cannot control ourselves. You have to step in and control the Street."

To be fair, it's worth mentioning that Vikram Pandit, Brian Moynihan, Jamie Dimon, John Stumpf and other big bank CEO's also skipped out.

Also, here's Floyd Norris' quick take on the speech.

Here's the list:

Bob Diamond, Barclays

Paul Calello, Credit Suisse

Deborah Wright, Carver Bancorp, Inc

Barry Zubrow, JP Morgan Chase

Tom Nides, Morgan Stanley

Ruth Porat, Morgan Stanley

Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs

Bruce Thompson, Bank Of America

Arthur Levitt, former SEC member

Harvey Goldschmid, former SEC chair

Bob Greifeld, CEO, NASDAQ

Paul Volcker

Penny Pritzker

Mark Gallogly

Timothy Duncan, American Business Leaders for Financial Reform

Jerome Davidson, National Consumers League

James Fishman, National Association of Consumer Advocates

Evena Guerrier, NYPIRG

Michael Hudson, Center For Responsible Lending

Melanie Johnson, National Consumers League

Norman Silber, Consumers Union

Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO

Andy Stern, SEIU

Denis Hughes, NY AFL-CIO

Greg Floyd, Teamsters

Anna Burger, Change to Win

George Gresham, SEIU 1199

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

New York Governor David Paterson (D)

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I)

Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President

Thomas DiNapoli, State Comptroller

John Liu, New York Comptroller

Christine Quinn, New York City Council Speaker

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President

Bill DeBlasio, New York Public Advocate

Richard Neiman, State Banking Superintendent

Jim Wrynn, State Insurance Superintendent


Pesky Shareholder Asks John Mack if He Actually Used Foul Language

We couldn’t help notice that some clueless shareholder had the audacity to ask John Mack whether he really told Tim Geithner to go fuck himself in the midst of the financial crisis. Mack has admitted several times that Andrew Ross Sorkin’s account of him in the book “Too Big To Fail” was accurate. Mack’s actual words, according to the book, were, “tell him to get fucked,” or something along those lines.