Facebook's CEO Zuckerberg Channels Richard Nixon
Samson had his long hair to protect his powers of strength. And apparently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has his hoodie.
At the All Things Digital conference yesterday in Rancho Palos Verdes, Zuckerberg began his interview looking hot and sweaty, shrouded by a heavy hooded sweatshirt. When host Kara Swisher suggested he take off the hoodie, he replied that was a non-starter. “I never take off the hoodie.”
But after a few minutes of being questioned about Facebook’s privacy challenges, Zuckerberg saw his face was filling two large screens on either side of the stage, and the sheen from his perspiration was turning into a small tsunami of sweat, reminiscent of Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon during his favorite “Checkers” speech.
In the face of mounting public pressure and scrutiny, both executives, speaking directly to into a camera to connect with their audience, talked about their humble beginnings and the allegations that have challenged their integrity. And, of course, there is also the parallel on apparel - Nixon had Pat’s “respectable Republican cloth coat,” and Zuckerberg has his hoodie.
With the flopsweat reaching a level of distraction even for him, Zuckerberg wiped his brow on the sleeve and then, upon looking at the resulting mess, uttered, “Whoa!” Then he made the call that the hoodie had to go. “Maybe I should take off the hoodie,” he conceded. “It is a company hoodie. We have our mission statement on the inside.” He passed the sweaty garment to his hosts. And there it was: a large, mysterious graphic designed into the inside lining of the hoodie.Continued on the next page