Thursday evening the World Leaders Forum hosted US Attorney General Eric Holder, who defended the Department of Justice’s policies on the financial industry, affirmed affirmative action, and gave attendees the opportunity to compare his impressive mustache to PrezBo’s hair. Government Guru Brit Byrd reports:
As PrezBo’s introductory comments waxed even more glistening than his own silvery mane, it became clear that Thursday’s World Leaders Forum event was going to be a bit different. The speaker of the hour, US Attorney General Eric Holder (CC ’73, Law ’76) was clearly at ease at his alma mater, and he gave what amounted to a stump speech on the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) efforts against financial crime. The speech was confident, delivered via teleprompter, and rather boring in comparison to the chummy Q&A with PrezBo that followed.
Referring to the Attorney General by his first name, PrezBo began by asking the most sensible follow-up to the speech’s talking points: what about the widespread perception that most, if not all, of the perpetrators of the financial crisis have been unpunished? Holder responded by saying he does not know why the DoJ’s efforts “have not set in to the American conscience.” Reregulation, he reiterated, is a step in the right direction, citing the frustrating reality that some of the most abusive practices that led to the crisis were not, in fact, illegal. As he would go on to repeat, sometimes “morally reprehensible” is not synonymous with “criminal.”