Berkshire Hathaway 2009 Annual Meeting Audience Question # 50

Warren’s great-nephew springs a sudden, and unexpected, surprise

Warren Buffett:

Well, on that cheery note, we have time for just one more question. And Marc Hamburg, I believe you said there was somebody who wanted to finish this off. Marc, where are you?

Marc Hamburg:

Right here. Right here, Warren.

Warren Buffett:

OK, I can’t… I still can’t see you. But I can hear you.

Marc Hamburg:

He’s right up in front.

Warren Buffett:

Right up in front. OK, good. Oh, I see you now.

Alex Rozek:

Hi, Warren. It’s Alex from Boston.

I just wondered if you could give us some advice on how we could improve the economy, as we leave.

Warren Buffett:

What was your name?

Alex Rozek:

Alex, from Boston.

Warren Buffett:

Ah. Well, the obvious thing to do is to do what our government tells us to do, which is to go out and spend.

And as I mentioned, household formations are important to developing… to getting past this overbuild in residential construction.

So does… I don’t know whether that gives you any ideas or not. But…

Alex Rozek:

I think so.

Mimi, you’re my best friend. Would you be my wife?

Mimi Krueger:

Yes?

Voice From Audience:

Mimi, you’ve got to say yes.

Mimi Krueger:

I said, yes. Yes!

Warren Buffett:

I have just two…

Alex Rozek:

Thanks, Warren.

Warren Buffett:

OK. I have two comments to make. Alex is my sister Doris’ grandson, my great-nephew. And Mimi is terrific.

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