Bank of America CEO Takes Hubris to New Level by Chastising Public

by Jeff Reeves | October 26, 2011 3:34 pm

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC[1]) is one of the most hated companies in America[2] — and for good reason. BAC stock is down 50% this year and over 85% from its 2008 peak. Bank of America plans on instating a $5-per-month debit-card fee[3] at the beginning of next year. It took billions in bailout money while regular Americans continue to face stagnant wages, runaway inflation[4] and no relief from the brutal realities of both the housing market and job market.

But apparently Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan thinks we are all being a bit too hard on him and his cronies.

“I, like you, get a little incensed when you think about how much good all of you do, whether it’s volunteer hours, charitable giving we do, serving clients and customers well,” Moynihan said to employees last week[5], according to a Bloomberg report. “You ought to think a little about that before you start yelling at us.”

Really? Do you really want us to think more about the antics of Bank of America and expect that reflection to benefit you?

OK, fine. Here are a few musings citizens are chewing over:

The list goes on. And through it all, the pompous Moynihan is due up to $10 million in performance-based cash and bonuses[9] this year.

Sorry Brian. It’s not us — it’s you. And boneheaded comments like this one are just further proof that Bank of America’s hubris knows no bounds. Maybe you had a sympathetic audience among your employees when you made that asinine statement, but the rest of America isn’t fooled one bit.

Jeff Reeves[10] is the editor of InvestorPlace.com. Write him at editor@investorplace.com[11], follow him on Twitter via @JeffReevesIP and become a fan of InvestorPlace on Facebook. As of this writing, he did not own a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.

Endnotes:
  1. BAC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BAC
  2. one of the most hated companies in America: http://investorplace.com/2011/10/bank-of-america-debit-card-bac/
  3. $5-per-month debit-card fee: http://investorplace.com/2011/10/bank-of-america-debit-card-bac/
  4. runaway inflation: http://investorplace.com/2011/09/inflation-consumer-staples-food-prices-coca-cola/
  5. Moynihan said to employees last week: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-26/-incensed-moynihan-fights-bofa-critics-with-main-street-appeal.html
  6. JPM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JPM
  7. WFC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WFC
  8. American Banker survey: http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/176_98/bank-reputation-rankings-1037846-1.html
  9. $10 million in performance-based cash and bonuses: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/70858/000119312511082689/ddef14a.htm#toc144977_4
  10. Jeff Reeves: http://investorplace.com/2011/10/optimism-about-europe-debt-resolution-a-risk-to-market-rally/2011/10/2011/10/2011/10/no-bear-market-for-5-funds-etfs-slv-gld-thd-xrt-fdn/2011/10/author/jeff-reeves/
  11. editor@investorplace.com: mailto:editor@investorplace.com

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