‘Time’ Magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2009 Gala
Jazz at Lincoln Center. May 5, 2009. By Jada Yuan
What will say to Michelle Obama if you meet her?
“I think I’ll touch her arms. I’ll grab one and go, ‘Do you work out to my music?’”
How did you wrangle Michelle Obama to come to this party?
“I would have walked across hot coals to get her, but it turned out to be something that she wanted to do.”
—Richard Stengel, 'Time' Managing Editor
Oprah is here tonight. Are you a fan of her show?
“I love Oprah. Every episode, she makes me cry.”
Diddy wrote on Twitter that he had dinner with you. How did that go?
“There’s chemistry, but we don’t know what to do with it yet.”
What advice do you have for saving the newspaper business?
“Just make bingo legal on our websites.”
Since you're in the energy business, is windmill power feasible on top of the Empire State Building?
“No. You need a lot of windmills, and you just couldn’t get enough of them to fit up there.”
—T. Boone Pickens
You taught Barbara Walters how to use Twitter. Does she understand it?
“She runs around with her BlackBerry and she's like, ‘Hey, somebody just followed me.’ So we have to fix her phone so it’s not buzzing every 30 seconds.”
Who are you looking forward to meeting tonight?
“Mrs. Obama. She’s a great-looking woman, obviously. But I think people talk about her arms too much.”
You went to the Met gala for Models As Muse this week. Was it fun?
“I stayed in the corner and looked at all the models. They’re so tall. Like beautiful aliens.”
Have you been working out in anticipation of meeting the First Lady and her toned arms?
“No. It took a lot for me to get here and that was on an escalator, so I’m not very into working out.”