Michael Bloomberg hasn't sounded maternal lately. He's petulant when questioned by the press, dismissive of criticism.
THE NANNY DIARIES
And that's been the problem with Bloomberg's wiser-than-thou, “purple party," Philosopher-King approach to governing: an often inconsistent, hypocritical disconnect between the way he wants us to conduct ourselves, and the way his own administration handles its responsibilities.
Even before the Bloomberg L.P. lawsuit hit, the mayor had begun sounding not caring, but cranky. He told us to “get real" over just about everything - power failures, crowded subway trains, surveillance cameras. While Queens sweltered during the 2006 blackout, he scolded us for not conserving energy, then defended Con Ed officials who couldn't get the power back on.
Yet, even as he grew more strident with the public, the more muted his passion seemed when it came to the bread-and-butter of the mayor's job - to manage city agencies on which everyone depends to safeguard the daily welfare.
And how about safe buildings? Amidst unprecedented development in every borough, the under-staffed, morale-impaired Buildings Department often seems the last to know of dangerous conditions at construction sites.
How about this one from July? Should Nanny Mayor Mike be Commander-in-Chief?