During last week's conference call with financial analysts, Autodesk ceo Carl Bass expressed his opinion on the budget deadlock in Washington DC: "The optimism I hear from our customers is just tempered somewhat by the stupidity I see by our politicians."
Analysts took him up on his comments:
Kash Rangan (BofA Merrill Lynch): "Carl, your comments about the politicians was very vague and ambiguous. I just wanted to clarify-- I'm just kidding, that's not my real question."
Mr Bass: "I have two teenage sons, and I expect them to act like knuckleheads. I don't expect members of Congress to act like knuckleheads, but they're acting more like my teenage boys than they should."
Heather Bellini (Goldman Sachs Group): "What are your expectations, given everything that's going on in Washington?"
Carl Bass (Autodesk): "Only if you can tell me what you've seen. I mean, we don't know what the heck to make out of the sequester and how that's-- I mean, I think this is unknown territory for everybody.