Tim, whose last day in the job is today, may have been the host, but in the minds of the 30 or so attendees, the reception was implicitly about his leadership. After all, it was his superb judgment, deep well of experience and extraordinary work ethic that ultimately extinguished the conflagration of 2007-9.
The first comment:
We know that the victors get to write history, Mr. Rattner, but please, show some restraint, and hold off on your "Ode to Tim" until we, who know the truth, are all dead, and our remembrances of "The Largest Transfer of Wealth the World has Ever Seen" is mentioned only in wistful passing by our children's children, or poorly-paid hospice workers as they make final arrangements for us, while also tending to someone mumbling about ice fishing back in the day on hard, frozen lakes, flights of birds blotting out the sun, and beautiful creatures called honey bees.
The people you revere are not content with extracting the blood from us, while scarfing down caviar and pate, contratulating each other for his degree of avarice. We could handle that, but they also want our morrow, and our children's, and Earth's, for they are insatiable.