During his speech, Schmidt shares a rare comical side to his personality, cracking all manner of jokes. He explains the differences between his generation and those in the audience:
“We didn’t tell anyone about our embarrassing moments, you post yours to Facebook and YouTube every day!”
He also jokes that there is no reason to fear the recession:
“I did some research, using my favorite search engine of course. The great depression spurred some incredible innovations. Rice Crispies, Twinkies, and the beer can. You would have never have gotten through college without these things!”
I’ve met Schmidt a couple of times–and seen many videos of him–but I don’t ever recall him being quite so whimsical.