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March 27, 2009

Pandit At The Gates

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This is classic. It’s an image of Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit leaving — or emm, at least attempting to leave — the White House this morning.

The messaging is incredibly loaded, all in the Administration’s favor: Watch your back. Bank CEOs locked in. Got you cornered. Got you exactly where we can see you. Even, behind bars.

Really nice how the release of Pandit, in black, seems contingent on a similar gesture by the guy inside the guard window, in white (foreshadowing new controls in place?), and how Pandit’s “release” segues to a supposed face-to-face with the public (especially, that expectant looking woman) on the street.

(image: Evan Vucci/AP. White House in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2009, following a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama)

  • doug

    yeah, beautiful.

  • chrisanthemama

    I read your headline as “bandit at the gates”.

  • mad_nVT

    Bad as Bandit and the other Big Bad Bank Bad Guys are, they were more or less playing by the rules. Stretching the rules just like businesses do, shaping the rules too.
    But it was Clinton, Bush and our feckless Congressmen that made those rules. And they are the ones that permitted the lax behavior of SEC and other regulatory agencies.
    Include these bad actors when blaming the Evil Bankers. And then make sure that the rules are changed and enforced.

  • Tom

    Where’s the ORANGE Jump Suit??

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