This past Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addressed Princeton’s Class of 2013, doling out the signature jokes and charming witticisms for which Americans nationwide have come to know him. Though Chairman Ben is technically a Harvard man, he served as the head of Princeton’s Department of Economics for around six years after stints at Stanford and New York University. Yesterday, then, was something of a homecoming for our favorite salt and pepper economist, and boy, did he deliver. CNNMoney called him “hilarious!” Bloomberg News called him “humorous!” After all, Bernanke employed many tactics associated with truly funny people, like delivering his speech in list format (always demonstrative of serious effort), endorsing monogamous relationships and even quoting the seminal Tom Hanks film “Forrest Gump.”
“Life is like a box of chocolates,” Bernanke told the assembled grads. “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it.”
Pretty funny, huh? Judge for yourself and read the full speech here.