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October 22nd, 2013
10:57 PM ET

Warren Buffett on Kathleen Sebelius' role in the Obamacare website glitches

In a very special edition of his primetime program, on Tuesday, Piers Morgan welcomed three generations of Buffett's, welcoming family patriarch Warren Buffett, his son Howard Graham Buffett, and his grandson Howard Warren Buffett for an hour-long interview that touched upon everything from business and technology, to music, charity, and the American way.

On the heels of recent glitches surrounding the Obamacare website, Morgan asked Buffett for his thoughts on Kathleen Sebelius’ role as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“I like Kathleen, I feel sorry for her in the position she’s in,” Buffett began. “Obviously it’s a huge screw up, but it’ll get worked out.”

As the live interview continued, Buffett shared his personal business philosophy on handling employees under duress, in terms of choosing to fire an individual versus sticking through rocky times:

“Occasionally I have to chop it off, but basically I believe in sticking by people particularly when they are in trouble,” the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said.

Turning to his billionaire guest, Morgan asked Buffet when his illustrious life and career have come to a close, how would he like to be judged?

Looking to his right, to the heirs to his family name, Buffett spoke from the heart:

“I would love to be judged by the two Howard's, I feel very good about it."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's conversation with the Buffett's, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. patriciaburstein

    Per usual Piers Morgan trumpets himself and his interviews as "exclusive" and, in effect, a first, the latter in regard to Warren Buffett playing and singing "My Way" on a ukuele. I've seen him do the exact same thing on an in-depth CNBC profile as well as other programs. Maybe Morgan meant it was the first time a show bought him a ukuele. Remarkable, too, how Morgan hawked his book, albeit with a disclaimer, disingenuous because if a tweeter would be "unlucky", in his words, to win a copy, why show or give it away in the first place? It makes no sense; it's yet another craven self-promoting act by Morgan. Imagine Warren Buffett, a very fine and impeccably proper and modest man, bringing a copy of his new book to someone else's book party. He wouldn't do it. As for the cell phone and wallet show-and-tell, I have interviewed several hugely successful businessmen, J. Willard Marriott, Jr., among them, who sat in Economy (not Morgan's recommended 1A seat) and wore off-the-rack suits. Marriott showed me his unremarkable looking wallet only to contrast it with that of a showy employee who had every gold card imaginable. Marriott had few, including a green AMEX. Recently, as well, the assistant to a hugely successful music producer-composer-performer, out of the country at the time, told me he did not like or ever use email. Like Buffett he is also an octogenarian. At the same time Morgan missed a truly important and revealing detail about Buffett and his first wife: in the last years of her life she moved away to San Francisco to work on the AIDS crisis and he visited her with great regularity–even with a woman he was seeing and later married. Warren Buffett is a wonderful and generous human being who lives his belief about the importance of love in one's life. An antediluvian cell phone and twenty-year-old wallet are just not that stunning when you're interviewing someone over eight years of age and in Buffett's case has assistants to handle email and much larger and important concerns. The main thing about Piers Morgan interviews is that you never learn anything new or terribly important even if he bills his show as an "exclusive" when Buffett and family are on Charlie Rose and other shows. Now, if Buffett came on his show to announce a successor or some extraordinary breakthrough in curing the poor and the sick, that would be an exclusive. Likely he would do this on another show.

    October 23, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SW

      I totally agree. Morgan's journalism bar is so low that he called the interview " exclusive ". What a waste of one hour television time. I don't understand that every show he began by saying " breaking news" which is not. It is very deceiving.

      October 23, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. patriciaburstein

    In original post, I meant to write "anyone over eighty," not eight, a typo.

    October 23, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. patriciaburstein

    Reblogged this on Patricia Burstein.

    October 23, 2013 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. MichaelKirk

    Typical 30-year-olds will pay 260% higher healthcare premiums had me thinking how right it is for these morons to get just what they voted for: higher taxes through Obamacare. Have no pity on those young, low-info voters who were stupid enough to believe His lies, yet still vote for that Kenyan who is making everyone from 20 to 40 pay twice as much in taxes as the previous generations who built America (note to all you unemployed imbeciles: the government didn't build America; the people built America).

    Glued to their senseless social media, today's 20 to 40 year-old voters embrace tweets from D-grade entertainers like Lady Gaga, Cher and John Stewart for their civics studies, only to find out that now they will pay more taxes and have less spendable income because they believed The Big Lie of Husain Obama. They deserve every additional dollar they're being taxed because they voted for it. And how's that new part-time job working out for you? You voted for it, so enjoy part-time employment for the rest of your lives, you miserable Democrats (AKA liberals, socialists, communists). Move to Europe, Russia or China where your world already exists.

    Have no sympathy for 20 to 40 year-old Obama voters; these idiots voted for a pot-smoking communist who never had a real job in His life. Do not hire them or keep them employed; instead, hire American veterans who served the Country and its Citizens. Let the 20 to 40 year-old Obama voters live in tax poverty, because that's what they voted to have, and they must pay for the rest of their lives. If you voted for Obama, you must be very proud that you were part of the movement that put a great Nation into a perilous economic disaster, because you are too stupid to know the truth from deceit. Shut up, pay up and stop whining; He was your choice, and now, you can do nothing about it except pay higher taxes for the rest of your life and live at the lower standards you deserve. Real Americans have no sympathy for moronic Democrats. You voted for this kind of government, so stop whining and start paying, you morons.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. kim

    Why did Piers spend so little time asking his Grandson questions? I felt sorry for the young man sitting there with Piers virtually all about Warren-a mistake-it would have been good to hear more about his grandsons' views who seems very bright.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Galan

    Online shopping sites can be created minimum effort, this technology has been around more than two decades! It depends who is doing what! Are they democrat or republican? It seems the fight over Obamacare moved to coding! Having seen certain amateur glitches, there is a doubt and the fight of Obamacare is not over. Felicitation!

    October 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Badgerbyte

    Mr. Buffet here gave us Barack Obama to secure his own fortune just like all the rest including Hollywood. I'm now a lower class Latina after being laid off. What has President Obama done for us? Nothing that's what and I speak as an American citizen who played by the rules. This man is a liar and the Head of the Supreme Court sided with this man causing the middle class in America to go down in flames? Judge Roberts I think it was.

    October 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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