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September 15, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: C

Story 1: Obama takes down Wall Street and Kanye

President Obama had strong words for Wall Street on the anniversary of Lehman Brothers' demise: “hear my words: We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses.” Yes, please.

He also had strong off-the-record words for Kanye West, who embarrassed Beyonce as well as his intended embarrassee, Taylor Swift. On the record, I agree with Obama.

Story 2: The government is considering selling some of its Citigroup shares

And Citi shares are's a refresher on the real reason why.

Story 3: The WSJ loosens its tie with a satiric dictionary for the financial crisis

This is very funny.  Click here for the whole article (may require a subscription). Examples:

QUANTITATIVE EASING, n. A regulatory approach based on the point in Western movies when the sheriff, having fired all available bullets, in an act of final desperation throws his gun at the bad guys. See also INFLATION, HYPER.  

U-SHAPED RECOVERY, n . An opportunity for economists to incorrectly predict the timing and nature of the recession's end just as successfully as they incorrectly predicted its inception, depth and duration. Variants include V-shaped recovery, L-shaped recovery and :-( shaped recovery. 

-Anand (TMFBomb), who owns long-held shares of Citigroup and thinks that if you like this post, you should put a ring (or some feedback) on it.

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM, TMFKris (86.24) wrote:

Off-the-record actually means something to real journalists who are not just trying to beat everyone else to broadcast something "juicy." It's a tool that loses its usefulness if reporters abuse it. And why weren't the Republicans contacted for their view of the Kanye West brouhaha?

Kris (Motley Fool copyeditor)

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#2) On September 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM, TMFEditorsDesk (< 20) wrote:

Agreed,'s another reason celebrities keep their distance and give prosaic, cliche-filled answers to the press...


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#3) On September 15, 2009 at 9:34 PM, rd80 (96.82) wrote:

Thanks for the Citi links, rec for you and a shoutout in my latest blog entry.

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#4) On September 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM, TMFEditorsDesk (< 20) wrote:


Thanks...and here's a link to your blog post entry.


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#5) On September 17, 2009 at 9:48 AM, XMFTerp (98.97) wrote:

Our new site: 



Thanks Kayne!

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