President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will be pushing for the “Buffett Rule,” a new change in code that will tax income from investments at a higher rate, was allegedly inspired by Buffett’s secretary, whom billionaire Warren Buffet claims pays a higher portion of her income in taxes than he does.
Debbie Bosanek is that secretary.† And she really doesn’t want to talk about this.
Reached via telephone at Berkshire Hathaway’s Omaha offices on Tuesday morning, she sighed and politely responded: “I’m sorry, I’m not doing any interviews on that.”
“I understand you must be getting deluged.”
“I’ve got to let you go. Bye-bye.” With that, she hung up.
Her refusal to discuss the issue with news outlets isn’t surprising, though. According to Slate, Bosanek is the queen of the non-comment. “At one news conference, she reportedly wore a T-shirt that said, ‘Hi, I’m Debbie B. Warren is not available, and I have no comment.’”
But others have stepped up to take over the discussion for her.† Moveon.org has launched a new video campaign, “I am Warren Buffett’s Secretary.”† And conservative website The Daily Caller has responded with their own version of what Buffett’s Secretary would have to say.
Watch the videos below.† I feel certain I can say that Bosanek would have no comment regarding either of them.
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