• Mitt Romney's Hamptons Fundraiser vs. The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby and Mitt Romney's fundraisers in the Hamptons, which included an event at the estate of Julia and David Koch in Southampton, New York, where the suggested contribution was $75,000 per couple.

    One of these is an extended metaphor on cynicism, greed and the destruction of the American Dream amid an orgy of material excess. The other is a book we force upon high school freshmen.

    Identify each quote's provenance as coming from East Hampton or the West Egg of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel…

    1. "A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out…'Is there a V.I.P. entrance? We are V.I.P.'

    2. "I like to come," [the woman said]. "I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address — inside of a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it."

    3. "I've been everywhere and done everything."

    4. "Tell them who's on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!"

    5. "…eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before."

    6. "We've got the message," she added. "But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on."

    7. "I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

    8. "These chocolate mint cupcakes are not…rich enough."

    Answers: 1. Romney fundraiser at the home of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and Revlon chairman. 2. Gatsby 3. Gatsby 4. Romney fundraiser 5. Gatsby 6. Romney fundraiser at the Koch's. 7. Ibid. 8. This one is conjecture, but what are the chances it wasn't said at a Romney fundraiser?

    Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Books, David Koch, Fundraising, Games and Challenges, Mitt Romney, Money, New York

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