Middle Finger Over Manhattan?

Squeezed May 19, 2005

Indra Nooyi, the CFO and president of PepsiCo, made some remarks at the commencement exercises at Columbia University’s business school. She compared the major continents of the world to the fingers of a hand. North America, and especially the U.S. got the coveted position of…middle finger. Says Nooyi, the middle finger "anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively." However, when used inappropriately…you get the picture.

Nooyi’s speech made some waves. She was forced to give a clarification and to make her prepared speech public (PDF). However, given our track record in foreign policy under President Bush, Ms. Nooyi does have a point.

Then comes word that Donald Trump thinks that the Freedom Tower to be built near Ground Zero is utterly ridiculous, and is strongly advocating that the falled twin towers be replicated, taller and more durably.

With all of this, a4g of Point Five puts forth his vision of what the "Pepsi Towers" would probably look like on the skyline of Manhattan…

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