NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett has risen to fame for his ability to pick out undervalued companies with promising upside and bank on their success. Another big part of his appeal is his down-home, common-man image, but that image was tarnished this week when Buffett testified in Congress.Rather than living a lavish life of excess, the octogenarian is famous for enjoying the simple things: Cherry Coke, his ukulele, a conservative home in Nebraska, and the game of bridge. Buffett has been seen as a proponent of America, investing in all-American companies like Coca Cola (KO - Get Report) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Get Report). At the end of 2009, the investor even bought up Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, saying that he saw it as an all in bet on the future strength of the U.S. economy.
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