Really, it’s hard to imagine how New Yorkers don’t appreciate a slacker lowlife who hates cops, can’t show up on time for routine appearances, and who welcomes the loathsome Al Sharpton with open arms. But on the upside, the fragile Bill de Blasio is confident people outside New York realize what a great job he’s doing. Just ask him.
No, really, my progressive agenda kills ’em in Des Moines.
Mayor de Blasio says the people who know him best — New Yorkers — don’t appreciate his first-year accomplishments nearly as much as folks in the rest of the US do.
In a seven-page profile published in Rolling Stone magazine Wednesday, Hizzoner suggested his big-ticket items like the expansion of pre-K get drowned out by coverage of the day-to-day headaches that come with running a city.
“A lot of people outside New York City understand what happened in the first year of New York City better than the people in New York City,” he told the magazine.
“But I’m convinced something very special happened here.”
He really needs to put the bong down. Meanwhile, his two predecessors, both of whom left office with high approval ratings, were just terrible or something.
The mayor scoffed at a popular narrative that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was so rich, he couldn’t possibly be in anyone’s pocket.
“Part of that was hype because he still had favorites and a clear free-market worldview,” de Blasio said.
“I mean, for God’s sake, when there was a critical op-ed in The New York Times about Goldman Sachs, he went to Goldman and gave a pep talk to the employees! When a struggling school was having troubles in East New York, he didn’t go there and give a pep talk.”
He also dismissed the notion that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani deserves the bulk of the credit for restoring order and safety to the city — even though Giuliani’s first NYPD commissioner is also de Blasio’s top cop, Bill Bratton.
“I agree that he was good at selling himself, and a lot of media over-accepted his version of the story,” de Blasio said of Giuliani. “So, yeah, do you give him credit for figuring out a way to get more credit than he deserves? Sure, if that’s credit.”
De Blasio apparently was too stoned to remeber the Giuliani years when the former mayor faced a relentlessly hostile press at every turn.