In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.
Mayor Bloomberg’s recent criticism of President Obama for allowing the debt reduction Supercommittee to fail led many political tea leaf watchers to believe he’s eyeing a potential White House bid. To the dismay of those who hope he’ll mount presidential campaign, Mayor Bloomberg began his speech last night by discussing why City Hall is just fine by him.
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
At first, Mayor Bloomberg sounded he was outlining why three terms as mayor was enough experience in public office for him, but he quickly switched gears and began characterizing City Hall as the perfect preparation for the White House because it allowed him to buck the Beltway establishment get real on-the-ground knowledge.
“I don’t listen to Washington very much, which is something they’re not thrillled about,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We have every kind of people from every part of the world and every kind of problem.”
Mayor Bloomberg explained that, unlike Washington politicians, mayors are people of action.
“The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage.”
That Bloomberg still thinks he can run for president after the Bloomberg Blizzard Disaster of 2010, after CityTime and all the other outside consultant scandals that add up to over $1 billion in wasted or stolen taxpayer money, after he declared Zuccotti Park a no-fly zone and sent in his NYPD goons to beat Occupy Wall Street protesters and move them out of the park, after he overhauled the NYC public school system, closed hundreds of schools, threw the entire system into chaos and still couldn't raise test scores or close the achievement gap - well, that takes a lot of chutzpah.
But calling the NYPD "my own army" after all the acts of police brutality over the past few months, well, that really does give some insight into the Little Dictator's mind.
He thinks he's Napoleon and the country's his for the taking.
It's oligarchs like this that the Occupy movement has come to wash away.
Let's get the firehose going.