Grecian Burn - Battle of Duality

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Greece is torn between the aggression of the Spartans and the wisdom of the Athenians when dealing with its debt. (2:02)

>> Jon: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AASIF MANDVI, EVERYBODY.

GREECE.

HEY, WHAT'S UP?

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S ME, JON.

I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOUR

PROBLEM, IS JON.

YOUR GREEK SPIRIT IS CAUGHT IN A

BATTLE OF DUALITY, TORN BETWEEN

THE AGGRESSION AND TENACITY OF

THE SPARTANS VERSUS THE WISDOM

AND SOPHISTICATION AND

HOSPITALITY OF THE ATHENIANS.

AN EPIC STRUGGLE BETWEEN SPARTA

AND ATHEN, A PROFOUND 3,000-YEAR

INTERNAL STRUGGLE THAT WE HERE

IN AMERICA HAVE IN TURN MADE OUR

EXPERIENCE AT DINERS.

AND THIS GUY.

♪ HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY

HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY ♪♪

[LAUGHTER]

THE POINT IS WE DON'T KNOW MUCH

ABOUT WORLD HISTORY, BUT GREECE,

TO SOLVE THIS YOU MUST OVERCOME

YOUR DUALITY.

RIGHT NOW WITH THE HITTING THE

POLICE WITH CLUBS AND YOGURT,

YOU'RE A LITTLE TOO SPARTAN.

RETIRING AT 53 WITH ALMOST FULL

PAY, A LITTLE TOO PLATO'S

RETREATY.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT I KNOW YOU CAN STRIKE THIS

BALANCE BETWEEN AUSTERITY AND

HEDONISM.

I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A LITTLE

STORY THAT I THINK YOU MIGHT

FIND APROPOS.

ONE DAY A GOD NAMED ZEUS LOOKED

DOWN UPON THE PEOPLE OF EARTH

FROM OLYMPUS AND THOUGHT, I WILL

TURN PIETION INTO -- MYSELF INTO

A BULL.

AS A BULL, HE WENT DOWN AMONGST

THE HUMANS AND [BLEEPED].

AND THAT'S WHY TODAY WE HAVE

COCONUTS.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW WHO CAME UP WITH THAT?

YOU DID.

[LAUGHTER]

GOOD LUCK.

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