The good people of Dusseldorf, Germany, and specifically the IKB Bank, which specializes in loans to small and medium-size businesses, has kindly endowed Harvard University's engineering school with a gift of $400m. Strangely, though, the Harvard Engineering School was renamed after hedge-fund manager John A. Paulson, not IKB, and thereby hangs a tale.
The guy had two full-time jobs: running for reelection and running the country. And yet every month he takes about an hour from his schedule to shake hands, chat briefly and take photos with members of the armed forces attached to the White House. Each is allowed one tag-along parent. I won the toss.