Remember that scene in “The Social Network” when the Winklevoss twins met with then-Harvard President Larry Summers to complain about what a weasel Mark Zuckerberg was? They walked into his office, all like, “Make him give us our Facebook back!” And Summers, in turn, doled out some verbal evisceration. It was pretty great, and caused us to (grudgingly) appreciate Larry Summers a little bit more, even if it was just a movie.
Well, now real-life Larry Summers is shitting on the Winklevii too!
In an interview at Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Tech conference today, Summers confirmed that the film’s portrayal of the meeting was pretty spot-on. He then added this gem:
One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case.
Sure, you could (rightly) complain that Summers calling anybody an asshole is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. But, what with the Winklevoss twins continuing to drag out their insane, self-destructive, totally hopeless court battle against Facebook, we’re inclined to appreciate Summer’s verbal joust, rather than get stuck up in the irony of it. So, bravo, Mr. Summers. (Video after the jump)