THE BLOG New Year's Slideshow: Choose the Year's Most Absurd Comment From a "Financial Wizard" 01/01/2011 01:35 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011 176 Richard (RJ) Eskow Writer/Editor, Bernie 2016 New Years' Challenge: Choose Last Year's Most Absurd Comment From a New Years' Challenge: Choose Last Year's Most Absurd Comment From a 1 of 11 "I am deeply sorry that our management - starting with me - ... did not foresee what lay before us." Former Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince: Don't stop the music! In a more honest moment, before everything exploded, Prince said this: "When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing." What Prince was telling us back in July of 2007 was that he knew the disaster was coming. A lot of people knew. But as long as there was cheap and easy money to be made, they intended to make it. And as the head of a "too big to fail" bank, Prince knew that when the music did stop someone else would pay the piper. "Gee," he says now, "sorry we weren't psychic or something." But in mid-2007 he knew the song was almost over. That's why he conjured that horror-movie image: bankers as a line of re-animated figures, like rotting corpses jerking involuntarily in a ghastly pavanne. But Prince and his fellow bankers weren't just the dancers. They were the band, too. And the music was the sound of their own insatiable greed. Share this slide: AP Follow Richard (RJ) Eskow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/rjeskow More: Financial Crisis Jamie Dimon Lloyd Blankfein Robert Rubin Peter Orszag FOLLOW BUSINESS facebook twitter GET THE NEWSLETTER Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. FOLLOW HUFFPOST HuffPost Business HuffPost Business HuffingtonPost Available on the App Store Android App on Google Play Get it at Blackberry App World HUFFPOST NEWSLETTERS Enter your email address to get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn More.