Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bloomie the hypocrite

He is public transportation’s loudest cheerleader, boasting that he takes the subway “virtually every day.” He has told residents who complain about overcrowded trains to “get real” and he constantly encourages New Yorkers to follow his environmentally friendly example.

But Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s commute is not your average straphanger’s ride.


A Mayor Who Takes the Subway — by Way of S.U.V.

On mornings that he takes the subway from home, Mr. Bloomberg is picked up at his Upper East Side town house by a pair of king-size Chevrolet Suburbans. The mayor is driven 22 blocks to the subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, where he can board an express train to City Hall. His drivers zip past his neighborhood station, a local subway stop a five-minute walk away.

That means Mr. Bloomberg — whose much-discussed subway rides have become an indelible component of his public image — spends a quarter of his ostensibly subterranean commute in an S.U.V.


Photo from NY Times

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mayor phony baloney !

The similarly aristocratic Marie Antoinette
also enjoyed playing at"getting on down"
to her subjects level.

Queen Marie would dress up as a French milk maid
(complete with her satin apron)
and carry 2 solid gold milking pails
to her toy dairy farm playhouse
at Le Petitte Trianon
(I hope I got the spelling right) !

She eventually lost her head .

Too bad Emperor Bloomberg (Bonaparte)
didn't lose the election !

connie said...

Are we surprised? He's a politician and we all know politicians speak from two sides of their asshole.

Anonymous said...

I'm not seeing what the big deal is here. He used to walk to the closer subway stop until he started getting harassed by reporters. So now instead of taking a car detail (using ethanol fuel) all the way to work, he takes it to the nearest express train, which allows him to get to work faster. He still takes the subway when he really doesn't have to.

Anonymous said...

Yeah...twice a week.

Anonymous said...

That's twice a week more than any other mayor in the City's history.

The mayor doesn't have to rub noses on a crowded subway with the great unwashed hoi poloi like yourselves--but he does so to make a point.

Stop your hypocrisy. And grow up.

taxpayer said...

Anonymous said...
"I'm not seeing what the big deal is here. He used to walk to the closer subway stop until he started getting harassed by reporters."

Harassed by reporters? Who else has the job and the time to be ready to ask this mutt questions that need to be answered.

This Commissar avoids the public, not for safety reasons, but because, in his supreme arrogance, he thinks we're all far too icky.

He's actually in a snit because we have opinions that frequently are the opposite of his imperial commands.

"Harassed" by reporters. Spoken like a true lickspittle.

Taxpayer said...

Anonymous said:
"The mayor doesn't have to rub noses on a crowded subway with the great unwashed hoi poloi like yourselves--but he does so to make a point.

Stop your hypocrisy. And grow up."

This writer owns the lickspittle concession.

The Commissar wanted the votes of the Hoi Poloi, but not their opinions or to be near them.

By the way, lickspittle, next time you use a phrase like "Hoi Poloi", do some little research first: "hoi-poloi: The upper echelon of a particular group or of society."

Stupid is as stupid does.

Anonymous said...

So the mayor is using the excuse that he is outsmarting the press by driving to 59th street? And he thinks we'll believe this?

georgetheatheist said...

When using the ancient Greek-language phrase "hoi polloi" do NOT insert the article "the" in front, such as "the hoi polloi". This is a common grammatical mistake. The "the" is redundant!

"hoi" = "the"
"polloi" = "many"

georgetheatheist said...

Ergo, Taxpayer, "Hoi Polloi" are the LOWER echelons of society.

[This blogsite is SO educational!]

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous#2".....

Are you familiar with the fact that the production and consumption of ethanol (although a renewable
energy source when compared with fossil fuels)
actually causes MORE POLLUTION in our environment.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Iceberg should ride to work each morning in a special hybrid limo engineered to run on bottled hot air from city hall .

He'll never run out of this abundantly available and easily recyclable resource !

Anonymous said...

Actually he should take a subway train from Queens into Manhattan, or from any other borough and then he can boast about it.

As for being mayor, it was his choice to run for office, the same way others choose to be doctors, lawyers, priests....etc. there is no reason why he should feel privileged or "harrassed". it comes with the territory, especially when you open your mouth and spew out oddities and plain sci-fi plots!