At a private dinner conference in May, former Vice President Joe Biden allegedly got angry at a hedge fund manager, so much so that it’s a surprise the two didn’t come to blows.
According to Fox Business Network, Biden was at the star-studded dinner when he was asked by Jeb Bush why he didn’t run for president. As Biden was explaining how his decision was affected by the death of his son, he became emotional and cut his explanation short, saying, “I’m sorry, that’s enough.”
Bill Ackman, who Slate describes as one of the “most controversial men on Wall Street,” decided he’d use the opportunity to take a jab at Biden, saying, “Why? That’s never stopped you before.” Biden then reportedly turned to the person next to him and asked, “Who’s this a**hole?”
“Look, I don’t know who you are, wiseass, but never disrespect the memory of my dead son,” Biden reportedly said. When Ackman tried to apologize, Biden shot him down, saying, “Just shut the hell up.”
“Biden was in rare form,” a person with direct knowledge of the incident told FBN. “I can’t believe it has never leaked out.”
FBN reports that the “stunned group of attendees also included 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, former N.J. governor and Goldman Sachs chief Jon Corzine, comedian and talk show host, Steve Harvey, hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, former top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.”
A spokesman for Ackman claimed that the exchange wasn’t as negative as witnesses claim but didn’t deny the exchange happened between the two.
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