After asking the audience to guess his age, Bloomberg said, “I am so old, even I can’t remember.” And he wasn’t done. “I am 66. But here’s the question. How old is my mother?”
But Seriously, Folks: Bloomberg Stumps for Maltese
After fielding some guesses from the children and adults, Bloomberg gave them the answer (99) and finally got around to politicking. “Anyways, if my mother was here, she would say thank you to Senator Maltese because he really helped get this done,” Bloomberg said, jabbing his finger into the podium. The crowd applauded. Maltese smiled and waved.
Bloomberg spent a moment being earnest. Then he quickly went back to entertaining the crowd.
“Let me tell you how old Senator Maltese is. There’s nobody that remembers how old he is. But he’s been the senator for twenty years, is that right?” Bloomberg said, turning to Maltese, who briefly looked surprised before recomposing his face into a grin.
Bloomberg spoke for a few more moments (“If I lived here, I would vote for him. But I live in Manhattan, so I can‘t”), stood around for Maltese’s remarks (“Don’t eat too much candy. It’s an idle request. I’m Senator Serf. Have a great day.”) and then left.
Outside the church, without Maltese, Bloomberg was chatty. He spoke to a boy dressed as a football player who wants to play in college (“I had a cousin, long since dead, who went to Rutgers,” Bloomberg told him).
Ever feel like this city is just one big bizarro world?
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