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Washington - Obama: Koch 'Was An Extraordinary Mayor'

Published on: February 1, 2013 03:41 PM
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A man watches the documentary film "Koch", about former New York City mayor Ed Koch, at the Angelika Film Center in New York, February 1, 2013. Koch, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson A man watches the documentary film "Koch", about former New York City mayor Ed Koch, at the Angelika Film Center in New York, February 1, 2013. Koch, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Washington - President Barack Obama says Ed Koch was an “extraordinary mayor” and an “irrepressible character.”

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The president and Michelle Obama offered thoughts and prayers Friday to Koch’s loved ones, and to all of New York City.

In a statement, Obama praised Koch’s role in overseeing New York’s economic renewal.

The president says Koch expanded affordable housing and extended opportunity to more of New York City’s residents.

He says Koch’s energy, personality and commitment enlivened public discourse ranging from civic issues to Israel.


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 Feb 02, 2013 at 02:39 PM OPTIMIST Says:

Yeah ask the Donald how he loved him. According to Mr Trump he was 1 of the worst or the worst mayor in NYC history.

I am not seeing he was bad but he certainly had lots of enemies.

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 Feb 02, 2013 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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OPTIMIST Says:

Yeah ask the Donald how he loved him. According to Mr Trump he was 1 of the worst or the worst mayor in NYC history.

I am not seeing he was bad but he certainly had lots of enemies.

Dinkins was much much worse - Koch has always had a special place in my heart since I was a kid - TNTzB"H

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 Feb 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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OPTIMIST Says:

Yeah ask the Donald how he loved him. According to Mr Trump he was 1 of the worst or the worst mayor in NYC history.

I am not seeing he was bad but he certainly had lots of enemies.

If Donald Trump is the fathom of understanding for the world ahead, I am a cinnabon.

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 Feb 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM What a joke Says:

Koch oversaw economic renewal??? When he left office NYC's economy was in shambles, crime and prostitution was rampant and businesses were fleeing in droves.

Lets not kid ourselves, Koch was a great guy and a great example how a politician should act with respect, but his record wasn't that great.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 12:09 AM DanielBarbaz Says:

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What a joke Says:

Koch oversaw economic renewal??? When he left office NYC's economy was in shambles, crime and prostitution was rampant and businesses were fleeing in droves.

Lets not kid ourselves, Koch was a great guy and a great example how a politician should act with respect, but his record wasn't that great.

Mayor Koch did so much to revive the city.

You must be living in an alternate universe!

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 04:42 AM Old McCdonald Trump Says:

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OPTIMIST Says:

Yeah ask the Donald how he loved him. According to Mr Trump he was 1 of the worst or the worst mayor in NYC history.

I am not seeing he was bad but he certainly had lots of enemies.

if trump says koch was the worst, then that means he was a great mayor, trump is stupid, has no brains, so his critic is really a compliment

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 08:47 AM OPTIMIST Says:

The city started recovering and prospering under Juliani. Crime rate safety business, investments and everything else were all in the dumps till Rudy started reversing everything. Basically Koch and Dinkins did a terrible job and should of been "fired" in season 1......

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 10:20 AM Yossel Says:

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OPTIMIST Says:

The city started recovering and prospering under Juliani. Crime rate safety business, investments and everything else were all in the dumps till Rudy started reversing everything. Basically Koch and Dinkins did a terrible job and should of been "fired" in season 1......

Koch balanced the city budget, for the first time in decades. He won concessions from labor unions. He revived a dying economy. That's why he was reelected twice on the Republican ticket.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:13 AM Anonymous Says:

The article is about what Obama said. Koch endorced him and that helped get votes for Obama. Obama should have representation at the funeral, maybe send Mr. Lew ??

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