Thanks to ukulelehunt for linking to this story about a pair of ukuleleists who played all 185 Beatles songs as a benefit performance for Warren Buffett, the world’s richest man. An ardent uke player himself, Buffett donated the money to Girls, Inc., a group that offers services to at-risk girls in and around Omaha. They are to use it to buy ukuleles, of course.
Here’s an interview in which Buffett explains the importance of the ukulele in his own life, in Bill Gates’ development as a parent, and in the potential salvation of the American economic system. “The miracles of the ukulele are spread all over,” the Sage of Omaha explains:
Here’s Warren Buffett playing ukulele, accompanied by his son Peter. He may not exhibit a tremendous amount of virtuosity, but he does have a winning way about him. It reminds me of what B. B. King said at the National Press Club in 1995 when he was asked what he thought of Bill Clinton as a musician. He quoted his father’s favorite saying, “The boss may not always be right, but he’s always the boss.” “So, in that spirit, the president, as the president, is a good musician.” So, in the spirit of B. B. King, I can say that the world’s richest man, as the world’s richest man, is a good ukuleleist.
Oh, and one more thing. Since I’m always posting about the writings of various “paleoconservative” pundits, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Warren Buffett’s father, Congressman Howard Buffett, is one of the patron saints of America’s antiwar Right.