Blackstone’s Schwarzman: Michelle Obama sold me on hiring veterans; hiring 50,000 veterans by 2018
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman spoke with Bloomberg TV anchor Stephanie Ruhle about the firm’s commitment to hiring 50,000 veterans by 2018 and the government’s push to get the business community for involved in the employment of veterans.
Scharwzman said, “I was at a meeting where Mrs. Obama was addressing a business roundtable. And she laid out the case as to why the business community should help. And I bought what she was selling because I had been in the military in the reserves. I have a feel for what the military people go through. And the White House has actually been really useful, and flexible and welcomed suggestions.”
On whether he thinks Michelle Obama should tell her husband to stop calling Wall Street fat cats, Schwarzman said, “Well that’s a completely separate issue. And I don’t really know how their dinner table works. But in the military issue they both have a major commitment to it… it’s not something where we’re looking for recognition per se. We’re just trying to do the right thing, the right thing for these people, the right things for our company, and the right things for society.”
source: Bloomberg Television