One day two winters ago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, just back from an overseas trip, traveled to Albany to testify at a key fiscal hearing. During his testimony, he grew agitated at an Assembly Ways and Means Committee staffer who was whispering information to a lawmaker - a practice even casual viewers of C-Span know is utterly routine.
"Would it be helpful if I just stopped for a while, sir, while you finished your moving back and forth?" Bloomberg said. "I have plenty of time. I'd be happy to wait." Aides later blamed the mayor's jet lag.
As term wanes, will Bloomberg maintain composure?
Two years earlier, at a dinner in a restaurant, Bloomberg went off on Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, over how politicians behave, witnesses later reported. Aides blamed jet lag from the mayor's trip to Asia, seeking to lure the Olympics to New York.