Goldman Sachs held its annual shareholders meeting this morning (in boring old Jersey City, as opposed to the company's sexy Manhattan headquarters). It was a "dull" affair, according to The Wall Street Journal--so low-key and colorless that "it was perhaps fortunate for the masses" that it "wasn't live streamed on the Web."
But wait! The New York Times live-blogged the meeting, and judging by their account, it was just one step removed from an open-mic night at the Chuckle Hut. There were needling nuns, disgruntled onetime applicants, and a sassy octogenarian openly flirting with CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Were the Times and the Journal watching the same meeting?
The Journal reports that "attendance was fairly thin," though it later says that the room could seat "about 300" and was "about 70% full," so that's about 210 attendees by our math. A second Journal write-up calls the meeting "mostly subdued" and leads with the news that Goldman Sachs spent over $700 million on legal counsel last year.
Plucked from the Journal reports, here are a pair of what would sound like backhand compliments if they appeared in any other paper: "Only one shareholder called for Mr. Blankfein to leave the company" (from here), and "Another positive sign: It seems no one mistakenly referred to the Goldman CEO as 'Blank Lloydfein' -- an unfortunate but perhaps Freudian slip from a shareholder at the 2010 annual meeting" (from here).