Because it’s Good Friday, and because we all need a pick-me-up after this morning’s sour jobs data, here’s yet another video of Warren Buffett doing his song-and-dance routine. This time, the venerable investor is singing “I’m only a Paper Boy” ... while dressed as a paper boy.
Though he’s no Kanye West, the billionaire clearly has his eye on show business. In January, he strummed a ukulele and crooned “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” on Chinese TV. In 2010, he donned fake tattoos and a ratty wig to spoof Axl Rose in a Geico video (the insurance company is a subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway). Last year, he made another Geico cameo as a rapping DJ. Buffett is also tight with hip-hop star Jay-Z.
But maybe what he should be doing is getting together for a jam session with Jim Yong Kim, the nominee to be World Bank chief who exhibited his own rapping skills while president of Dartmouth.
Buffett pulled out his most recent routine at the annual Omaha Press Club Show, using his childhood experience as a paper boy in the 1940s to lob tightly folded newspapers into the assembled audience.
The tune: 1933’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” The newspaper: the Omaha World-Herald, which Buffett now owns. The lyrics: “I’m only a paper boy / Just as happy as I can be / ‘Cause the money you pay for this / It all goes to me.”
Wonder if he’ll be as jovial on May 5, when Berkshire Hathaway holds its annual shareholder meeting in Omaha.