New York - NYC Papers Say Shame On De Blasio And Inauguration Day Speakers Over Disingenuousness Towards Bloomberg, City, And Fellow Citizens
New York, NY - Two of New York City’s major daily newspapers are slamming new Mayor Bill de Blasio and his roster of progressive inaugural day speakers over the disingenuousness they projected Wednesday, not only towards outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg, but at the city and their fellow New Yorkers, as well.
In the NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/1bBSxcP), Michael Goodwin writes that while Bloomberg, over the course of his twelve years, “provoked in me admiration and anger, passionate support and dismissive ridicule…never once did I feel sorry for him—-until yesterday.”
“Mayor bill de Blasio and his entourage of ‘progressives’ were as cold as the weather. Shame on them,” Goodwin writes of the speeches that, one after another, painted New York as a decisively divided city, with the ‘haves’ holding dictatorial rule over the ‘have nots.’
In the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS’ (http://nydn.us/1dcZvWM) op-ed, Joshua Greenman notes that before delivering a “prayer for the success of a mayor who says he wants to unify New York,” Sanitation Department chaplain Rev. Fred Lucas “called this city of 8.3 million people a ‘plantation.’”
“If that’s what New York City is, some of us are slaves; some of us, slave owners. Which are you, fellow citizen?” asks Greenman.
Greenman writes that “the grim tone was echoed by speaker after speaker,” all the way down to a “youth poet laureate who pitted people in brownstones (many of whom live down the street from de Blasio) against people with brown skin.”
Both papers note that it wasn’t until the second-to-last speaker of the day, former President Bill Clinton, that someone momentarily suspended the Bloomberg and New York City bashing long enough to acknowledge the many successes and improvements Bloomberg delivered over the course of his tenure.
“He leaves the city stronger and healthier than he found it,” Clinton said of the outgoing mayor.
Goodwin writes that “Bloomberg did so much more than that, yet had he been a scoundrel, he wouldn’t have been treated with less respect. By the end, I no longer felt sorry for Bloomberg. I envied him. He was getting out of town.”
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