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Bloomberg Trying Out the Prez Pitch in DC?

Monday, May 16, 2011

WNYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in DC yesterday, reasserting his support for gay marriage and sounding much like someone considering an election bid.

He spoke today to nearly seven-thousand George Washington University graduates and their families and friends on the Mall in Washington DC, extolling the virtues of political independence as the key to a bipartisan-bickering-free future.  While his jokes occasionally fell flat (University President Steven Knapp has a sheep farm, "Not that I'm saying President Knapp is full of sheep!") Bloomberg mostly seemed warmly received, even as he launched into inevitable parables about 9/11 and coming together as a nation. 

The speech was heavily peppered with esoteric GWU references about hotdog vendors and in-jokes about bars and mascots, but also with plugs for the Independent party. No party, said the mayor, has a monopoly on good ideas. "You can be a Democrat or a Republican," Bloomberg said, "I've been both."

GWU students, having suffered a bit of national criticism for televised images of drunk sorority girls yelling "USA!" in front of the White House following the news of Osama bin Laden's death, didn't rise to the bait a second time. As Bloomberg made the questionable statement "Today Osama bin Laden is dead and New York has never been safer!", the crowd hesitated, then broke into restrained applause.

"Take risks!" exhorted the three-term mayor, who has denied the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid.  "Tomorrow the work begins."

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martin from nyc

Billionaires are not very interested in the same things as most Newyorkers. In the winter they are flown to their vacation spots in the Carribean. Who could blame them? But the streets are not plowed. They appoint wallstreet men to run the MTA. Never taking the subways they don't arrange to cover the steps to prevent slippery steps when it snows. But they do sponsor their patronees to install wall mosaics and reconstruct stations (that need no reconstruction) for hundreds of millions. And the schools? Who needs public schools? Put the kids in charter or private schools. It only costs 40K. When the budget is tight.fire teachers.

May. 16 2011 07:13 PM
Solomon Kleinsmith from Omaha, NE

Seriously... get over it. I'd love to see him run, but he obviously isn't. Write about something that matters why doncha...

May. 16 2011 05:29 PM

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