Mayor #1, Mayor Bloomberg, New York, New York.
Billionaire. VIP. Lives in special, rarefied air-space. The man who is so powerful, he had the term limits law changed just so New Yorkers could have the pleasure of his superior presence.
Here he is saying Eh! No skin off my nose! Don’t worry! Be happy! Nice suit! Glad you didn’t get any snow on you, man! Golly you sure are nice and dry! Glad you are providing all those services New Yorkers pay so handsomely for!
And here you are again, nice and dry. Bet you had no problem making it to the conference after your staff cleared a nice clean path for you. Kind of snippy and cranky today aren’t you? Rude comes to mind. I know those damned common people really irritate you.
And I know you said the roads were clear and things were going great and what’s the big deal….. but ..but..but I guess not the common man’s roads.
And here you are again this morning, still dry! My goodness, Mayor, it must not have snowed where you live in NY. So here you are again, exploiting a business and showing everybody how you are on top of things and will do better, now that the country’s TVs are riddled with video of you telling everybody to stop complaining, take in a broadway show! No doubt that’s what HE is doing.
And then of course, there were all those youtube videos that cropped up showing what things really look like where you don’t live or hang out.
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Mayor #2, Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey.
Meet Newark’s Mayor Corey Booker. He twittered through the storm and asked people to let him know if they needed any help. They had no idea he meant he would be helping them personally. Then he went and did just that. How many of you envision Micheal Bloomberg doing this?
After a blizzard started blanketing the Northeast on Dec. 26, an event that earned the Twitter hashtag #snowpocalypse, Booker turned the microblogging site into a public-service tool. Residents of the city, which has a population of around 280,000, swarmed Booker’s account (@CoryBooker) with requests for help, and the mayor responded. He and his staff have bounced around Newark shoveling streets and sending plows to areas where residents said they were still snowed in. “Just doug [sic] a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: ‘Lift with your Knees!!’ I think I left part of my back there,” he reported in one message. One person let Booker know, via Twitter, that the snowy streets were preventing his sister from buying diapers. About an hour later, Booker was at the sister’s door, diapers in hand
He got twittered a lot. Here he is responding to one call personally:
Here he is jogging some months back on a street that doesn’t really exactly look like Park Avenue. let’s just say you would never see Michael Bloomberg hanging out there. I don’t even think Bloomberg’s entourage could fit on this street with him.
Now you see, the people of Newark had some problems in the storm, but they were in a distinctly better mood seeing their mayor act like a human being who was at least trying to help out.
Not so in New York City, where Michael Bloomberg acted like the little people were just annoying the hell out of him and interrupting his evening cognac.
And the lesson here is: This is the difference between having a human being vs. an elite, spoiled, overly manicured, short-fused snob — who has no empathy, sympathy or comprehension of how other people live– in charge of your city, your county, your state, your White House and your life.
This isn’t about the fact that this storm was difficult to handle for everyone. It’s about the attitude of elected officials who think you serve them instead of the other way around.
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