Earlier today, Goldman New York Fed plant, and Jan Hatzius predecessor, Bill Dudley, emerged from his ivory tower to make a trek to Queens to deliver prepared remarks written by some intern, discussing the prospering state of the New York burrough (speech link). Unfortunately for the multi-millionaire, things quickly went from Unicorny and Rainbowy to horribly wrong. During the Q&A, one audience member asked: "When was the last time, sir, that you went grocery shopping?" A stunned Dudley did not have the heart to elaborate that the caviar and ambrosia eaten on the Dudley family table is hand delivered through the Fed's G-6 from Kamchatka, so instead, as Reuters reports, he "tried to explain how the Fed sees things: Yes, food prices may be rising, but at the same time, other prices are declining. The Fed looks at core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy costs, to get a better sense of where inflation may actually be heading."
So, Dudley sought an everyday example of a price that is falling.
"Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful," he said referring to Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) latest handheld tablet computer hitting stories on Friday.
"You have to look at the prices of all things," he said.
This prompted guffaws and widespread murmuring from the audience, with one audience member calling the comment "tone deaf."
As for the FTMFW comment from the audience, which apparently did not realize (unlike the prevailing thought at all other Dudley luncheons) that there is massive career risk in highlighting that the emperor is naked, has rolls of fat around his neck, and has a hairy ass, it was the following:
"I can't eat an iPad," another quipped.
Oh, but you will soon my dear. Just you wait - after all QE666, the Chairsatan's personal favorite, is just around the corner. Also, per rumors, the Fed has commissioned MIT to discover a plastic decomposing bacteria and lace the Fluoride in the drinking water with it, and... Presto.