Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chris Wallace Wowed by Rubenstein's Philanthropy

I'm not sure Chris Wallace said a word in his 1:17 Power Player Plus piece on Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein.  Rubenstein showed various pieces he purchased:

1.  Replica of first map of United States (loaned to Library of Congress)
2.  Replica of 13th Amendment (at New York Historical Society)
3.  Replica of The Magna Carta (loaned to National Archives)
4.  Copy of the Emancipation Proclamation (on display in Oval Office)
5.  Rare Copy of the Declaration of Independence (at State Department)

Did anyne notice the pandas, symbolizing Rubenstein's other charitable acts? 

Frankly, I'm surprised Chris Wallace wasn't carrying a microphone in the form of a replica of the Washington Monument.  I had to replay the piece several times to hear Wallace manage an "Oh, right here" and an "Ohhh".

Such stellar journalistic contributions should enlighten the masses on private equity underwriter's predatory nature and how politicians and the media cater to PEU leaders.  It's the latest example of kow towing.

Fair enough for a PEU...

Update 2-25-12:  Rubenstein said his copy of the Emancipation Proclamation was "now on display at the White House."   If so, it's a low profile display.  Also, how could Rubenstein be pointing at the one hung in the Oval Office, if it's in the White House?  What does six months hanging in the Obama Oval Office do to the value of a rare document, should Rubenstein ever decide to flip it?