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Lally Weymouth Documented@Davos Transcript

Lally Weymouth Documented@Davos Transcript

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Randi Zuckerberg interviews Lally Weymouth of The Washington Post at the World Economic Forum 2012
Randi Zuckerberg interviews Lally Weymouth of The Washington Post at the World Economic Forum 2012

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LallyWeymouthofTheWashingtonPostisDocumented@DavosTranscriptDocumented@Davos2012
RANDIZUCKERBERG:ThanksfortuningintoourDocumented@Davoscoverage.We'rehereattheWorldEconomicForum.AndI'msoexcitedtobesittingherewithLallyWeymouthoftheWashingtonPost.Thankyou,somuch.NowIamreallyhonoredtobetalkingtoyoubecauseI'vebeeninterviewingalotofgreatpeoplehere,butyouarethemasterinterviewer.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Oh,that'ssoniceofyou,Randi,RANDIZUCKERBERG:AndyoujustreturnedfromBurmaaftersecuringthefirstforeigninterviewwiththepresidentthere.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Exactly.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Whatwasthatexperiencelike?LALLYWEYMOUTH:Well,itwasvery,veryinteresting.AndBurmaisaveryexoticplace.Andthepresidenthadnever,ashesaid,nevergivenaninterviewbefore.Sohehadthreeministersandme.Andhedidfine.ButIthinkhewasquitenervousaboutit,sohewantedtosticktoatranscript.And,ofcourse,wedon'tdothat.AndsoIsaid,"Well,Mr.President,sorry.Wedon'tdothat."SothenIjustkeptaskingquestions.AndIthinkitmadehimquitenervous,really.Buthedidfine.Andhesaid,"I'mgoingaheadwithmyreformprogram,"whichisthebignewstodayinBurma.AndoneofthereasonstheUSisthinkingofliftingsanctionsonBurma.RANDIZUCKERBERG:AndnowtravelingthroughBurma,youmentioned,wasquiteanadventure.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Yeah.Well,theyhaveahighway,theycallit.It'snotexactlyourideaofahighway.Andthere'salongdrivefromthemaincity,Yangon,it'scallednow,whichwasRangoon.Andit'ssixhourstothecapitalcity,whichis,asIwastellingyou,isinthisverypoorcountry.Thecapitalcitysuddenlyisallmarblebuildingsandverywildlyextravagant.Andthenyoudrivebackintothisincrediblyimpoverishedcountry.AndthenIhadthelucktoseeAungSanSuuKyi,whowasinjailforyears.Andshe'samostamazingwoman.Iwassoimpressedbecauseshetoldmeshewasalonefor
 
sixyears.Nobodywasinherhouse.Shewasinthishousewherewesatforsixyearsallalone.AndIsaid,"Well,whatdidyoudo?Doyouknowhowtoworkonacomputer?"AndshesaidshewasveryproudofherselfbecauseshehadbothanAppleand,Iguess,aMicrosoftcomputer.Soshesaidshe'dlearnedtoworkonbothoperatingsystems.Andshesaidsheusedtomakelittleinvitationstoherselfbecauseshedidn'thaveanythingelsetodo.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Oh,wow.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Shecouldn'temail,ofcourse.Shecouldn'tcall.Shecouldhavenocontactwiththeoutsideworld.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Well,they'regreatinterviews.Andhopefully,everyoneshouldgoandcheckthemout,iftheyhaven'talready.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Oh,that'sveryniceofyou.RANDIZUCKERBERG:NowwhatisyourweekhereattheWorldEconomicForumlooklike?LALLYWEYMOUTH:Well,Ithinkit'ssogreatattheWorldEconomicForumbecauseyougettoseesomanypeople,asyoumentioned,fromallthedifferentcountriesintheworld.I'vealreadyseensomanyfriendsofminelastnightatdinner.AndIgiveabigWashingtonPostlunchhereonFriday.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Oneofthebestevents,I'veheard.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Well,Ihopeso.ButIthinkit'sveryinterestingbecauseyouseebankers,youseejournalists,youseethetoppeopleineveryfield.YouseepeoplefromSiliconValley.Andso,forme,Ifinditjustfascinating.IjustspenttimewithDavidAgus,whomyoumustknow.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Yes,verywell.LALLYWEYMOUTH:ThedoctorwhomIthinkissointeresting.RANDIZUCKERBERG:Itisanamazingmeetingofthemindshere.AndI'vebeenaskingpeoplewhattheirDavosmomentis,thatmomentthatyoubrushupagainst--although,you'vehadmanyamazingmomentsinyourcareer.LALLYWEYMOUTH:Wow.RANDIZUCKERBERG:HaveyouhadaDavosmoment?

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