NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorse Obama At 11th Hour, Cites Sandy As Tipping Point

Taking a moment away from helping his city recover from the affects of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that he was endorsing President Obama. And he cited the President’s speedy response to the disaster as a key factor.

“The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work,” Bloomberg wrote in an editorial in Bloomberg News. “In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods—something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.”

The mayor said that even if Sandy couldn’t be directly linked to climate change, the risk that it could be “should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

He praised the Obama Administration for making environmental issues a high priority in the President’s first term, especially in regards to reducing carbon and mercury emissions, raising fuel efficiency, and raising standards at coal plants.

But even in giving Obama the thumbs up, Bloomberg insisted gridlock was not an excuse for ineffectualness: “Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress—and President Obama can, too. If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours. And that’s why I will be voting for him.”

Bloomberg, who had previously attacked both candidates for their lack of leadership, said Mitt Romney showed promise as governor, but has dropped the ball since reaching the national level:  “He has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported,” the billionaire opined. “In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”

Um, is it too early to say “Bloomberg in 2016”?




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  • jerry_pritikin

    Thank you Mayor Bloomberg,
    Your endorsement of President Obama’s reelection gives hope for those concerned with social justice for all, not only the rich.I hope that New York has a speedy recovery and together with President Obama, can bring a brighter tomorrow together as a team for your city and the nation.

  • JOHN 1957

    Finally, a reality check! Now give Donald Stupid Arse Chump (Trump) a visit and cold cock him into the here and now!

  • JOHN 1957

    Question to Queerty; I haven’t insulted anyone here. Yet, why is it that some people write insults and degrading comments about each other and they get posted? I have found that when I state the truth about religious bigots and or politicians it gets put on hold and awaiting moderation and has gotten omitted. This is beginning to look like double standards and favoritism towards some.

  • FStratford

    Ah. Who cares who he endorses? NY’s electoral votes are already democratic. It’s not as if his endorsement will affect battleground states.

    Hmmm maybe Florida where senior new Yorkers go to retire…

  • hyhybt

    @JOHN 1957: If you get that “awaiting moderation” notice immediately after trying to post, it’s an automatic thing. There doesn’t seem to be any sanity in what it does and does not block, and no answers have been forthcoming from Queerty (which, though frustrating, is somewhat understandable.)

    It wouldn’t really matter, if there were somebody monitoring held posts and letting them through quickly. That that doesn’t happen either is also understandable, but the *combination* is aggravating.

    Is this, perhaps, something else they can do away with now that everybody has to register to post?

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