Friday, January 1, 2010
Sneak peak at Bloomberg inauguration speech
From the NY Times:
Thank you very much and Happy New Year. Muchas gracias y Feliz Año Nuevo.
Here we are on yet another inauguration day. The last time we did this, none of you thought you’d see me standing here again, did you? Come on, you can admit it.
To get down to brass tacks, I want to thank the 29 council members who had the courage to extend term limits and make it possible for me and for them to run for office once more. It wasn’t easy. Self-interest is never easy. You have to put up with a lot of guff from the quibblers and professional crepe hangers. Those brave council members — one of whom, sad to say, is a convicted crook on his way to jail — didn’t blink.
Let me get this out in the open for this one time only. I know that many New Yorkers were disappointed with how I reversed everything that I’d said for years about the sanctity of term limits. I owe them an explanation. I know that the election was close in part because of this issue. It was a tough campaign. I knew it would be. Why else do you think I spent more than $100 million of my own money getting re-elected? I mean, come on!
But we need problem-solving, not ideology. And I really had a problem.
What was I supposed to do? Leave office and sit around some foundation signing checks all day? Wait for my once-a-year invitation to Davos? I mean, come on! Any billionaire can wangle an invite to Davos. But would I have been given the chance to speak at that conference in Copenhagen a few weeks ago or go on “Meet the Press” or get a shout-out from President Obama if I were just another rich guy and not the mayor of New York? No ways.
You know the old saying “When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window”? Well, God provided. The economy fell apart, thank God. I had the excuse I needed to change the election rules without asking the voters what they thought. I mean, come on! Who knows the buck better than me?
Here he is making bad jokes and acknowledging the beliefs of atheists then talking about "God's planet".