SUZE ORMAN VS. DONALD TRUMP
MONEY MATTERS AND EXCLUSIVE "APPRENTICE" PREVIEW... Being chic isn't just about how you wear your hair or the clothes you own. It's also about being smart with your money. And who better to give tips on saving and investing than Suze Orman and Donald Trump. On Saturday, about 10,000 people had the chance to hear the two moguls at MONEYFest, an expo ran by The Learning Annex at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Orman's personality and expertise shined like her bold, purple waist-hugging blazer. She joked about New Yorker's asking her not to stand behind the podium because they wanted to see if she had "junk in her drunk." The thousands of people who filled the Grand Ballroom where shocked when Suze gave new information on credit card debt. Unlike her show on CNBC where she recommends one get out of debt as soon as possible, Suze slightly went back on her word. She stressed the importance of building an emergency fund in today's economy. Her strategy to getting that emergency fund faster? Suze said, those in debt should pay only the minimum amount due on their credit cards monthly and put the extra cash towards the emergency fund until they have enough money to cover their basic living costs for at least eight months!
Through various seminars, people won cash prizes including $1,000 giveaways and others had opportunities to buy foreclosed houses starting at $25,0000.
Donald Trump was also invited to give an hour-long speech on "Thinking Like A Champion" and tips on how to bulletproof your money. But from the moment The Donald hit the stage, it felt more like a sold-out comedy show than a money expo. Sure he gave general advice on what kind of people become successful, but I found myself laughing more than I was taking notes.
The "master" of real estate said a few words on how his hair is real, but other comments seemed to offend a middle-aged woman sitting next to me. For instance, she called Trump a jerk after he said he likes hanging out with losers because they make him feel good; when he gave an anecdote on how when he was a teenager he broke up with his girlfriend at a restaurant before the dinner was served only because he thought she was going to break up with him; and, how he corrected Meredith Vieira on the Today Show when she said he only dates "models." He said, "That's not true. I only date supermodels." Mr. Trump considers these tactics "thinking like a champion."
Trump briefly spoke about the recent Miss USA pageant, and Miss California's non- p.c. answer when she said she doesn't agree with same-sex marriages. Donald- who owns the Miss USA pageant- doesn't think the answer cost the beauty queen the crown; he thinks she would have lost anyway. He also gave a few blows to Rosie O'Donnell by calling her a sleazeball as he gave an example on getting even with people, and said, "Now, there's a loser."
Now for the Celebrity Apprentice Preview: Donald says to watch out for tomorrow's episode. "It will be the most vicious firing in the history of the show," said Donald Trump. "I've never seen anyone reacting like this to getting fired. I was ducking." I predict it's one of the Rivers girls. Either Melissa gets fired and Joan goes crazy, or Joan goes crazy when she gets fired. Who do you think goes home? - Mercedes Sanchez