Life Yesterday’s Note From the Prayer Warrior
posted by November 14 at 11:45 AMon
For those wondering what the heck Pastor Ken Hutcherson was talking about yesterday when he told his Prayer Warriors that he’d had a meeting with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and others:
Yesterday was Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting. So Hutcherson only had a meeting with Bill Gates in the sense that anyone who owns one share of Microsoft (today trading at around $34/share) could have had a meeting with Bill Gates yesterday—a big, public meeting filled with other shareholders. Hutcherson made his comments not at a private sit-down with Microsoft executives, but during a shareholder Q&A session.
Someone in our comments who sounds like he was at the shareholders meeting described it this way:
Any stock holder can attend and speak at a stockholder meeting. So for the price of less than $40 you get into the room.
When they opened Q&A there was the customary pause caused by no one wanting to be first to speak. Hutch doesn’t have the restraint of a well moderated ego so he stepped into the vacuum immediately. As Hutcherson spoke, only one person clapped out of the 500-600 people present.
Hutch has been trying to get the attention he craves but nothing has been working. His last resort is to fallback on the one thing that worked for him - baiting Microsoft.
Another stockholder asked what they could do to counter the hateful ideas and actions of people like Hutcherson. There was a more enthusiastic wave of applause in the meeting. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Legal Counsel, responded with this:
“As a company, we’ve had a clear policy with respect to the way we treat our people, and we believe in that policy. It’s a policy that’s founded on non-discrimination, it’s a policy that we believe has served our employees well, it’s served our shareholders well, and I think that was reflected last year when all of our shareholders were asked to vote on that policy, and over 97 percent of you and all of our other shareholders stood up and agreed with us. And I think that it is precisely in that form that shareholders have the opportunity to continue to make their views known, and we very much appreciate that support.”
No Microsoft executive agreed to meet with him. Microsoft’s EEO policy in no way agrees with him.
Just another sad grab for PR from a man with a size 4 soul in a size 12 body.