The Tie and Jacket Problem

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Apparently at one point during his brief, storied period at the president of Harvard University the erstwhile United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers, had a meeting with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (right).

The Winklevoss twins, who claim that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea and used it to create Facebook, talked with Summers at one point to see what he could do. It didn’t go so well.

According to a piece by Ryan Tate at Gawker:

Asked about the time memorialized in The Social Network when the Winklevoss twins visited his office to demand the school take action against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for purportedly stealing the twins’ idea, Summers told Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech conference that “rarely have I encountered such swagger… one of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at 3 o clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they are looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case.”

He wasn’t interested in helping them much; they later sued Zuckerberg for $140 million.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer