It just seems, well unseemly for the Mayor of a city just trashed by a hurricane with souls still lost and many lives lost to endorse the sitting president while negotiating for emergency dollars.
I am not saying that the endorsement is a tit for tat. But still........
Maybe it is because he realizes just how limiting the Republican Agenda is when people are in need. It is easy to say people need to stand on their own to feet, until someone pulls out the floor from under them.
He endorsed Obama as the Obama and Romney campaigns have both geared back up. You could have a point, but you'd have to indict ANYONE in New York, New Jersey, or presidential politics campaigning right now.
It's really not a big deal, as long as he is doing everything for his city that needs to be done. If you care THAT MUCH about photo ops and appearances, that's your prerogative.
Mayor Bloomberg said Hurricane Sandy made clear that global warming must be addressed, and that Obama was the best candidate to tackle the problem.
He once was a Democrat, and then a Republican, today he is an independent – not registered to either party. Taking that into consideration his views could influence some of the independent voters both Obama and Romney are seeking. And it may just be at this time the Mayor wants to be on the winning side.
Here is Mayor Bloombergs fair (yet critical) endorsement for President ObamaA Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change
Thanks for posting the link, WG. It's a fine, honest endorsement, for the right reasons. It's good to see his endorsement. As far as timing, well, sometimes it takes drastic situations to come to our senses and face reality.
I've never liked Mitt, simply because he doesn't appear to be an honest man. He may have good intentions, or possibly had good intentions, but he's not honest and has no backbone, otherwise he would stand on a solid, consistent platform.
You do not address the forum thread. Is the timing right? Having a forming press conferences during this time in recovery seems really really personally motivated political wise.
I did address the forum thread. Sometimes it takes drastic situations to think with awareness. Obviously, by his admission, the storm and its effects has left an impact on what he considers important. Even if he changed his mind, is this wrong?
He didnt change his mind. Today he endorsed. And I agree with you REBEKAHELLE, sometimes it takes a drastic situation.
Lets look at another big endorsement for the President today. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who is announced his endorsement for the President.
Interesting to note that on March 2012 in Glenn Beck’s The Blaze it was reported:
"If anyone knows business, it’s Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz."
So are we to think that today after Starbucks served up some encouraging news to investors with quarterly results that showed strong sales growth, Schultz's endorsement has something to do with why he is endorsing President Obama.
You bet your bottom dollar it does. Big buisness men who up to this point have not chosen their candiate are coming to the conclusion that they favor electing President Obama for another term.
But the timing of the events is related to the endorsement particularly in the area of global warming so the timing makes perfect sense.
Perhaps Bloomberg was not planning to endorse either candidate -- actually, I'm just hearing that exact thing on the news. He had planned to remain neutral.
Then his city got sucker punched by Superstorm Sandy.
And rightly recognized that Sandy is not your garden variety hurricane.
Thank God he's brought the topic of climate change out of the dungeon and into the light.
Not sure where people are getting the idea that local/state government heads need to grovel before the POTUS to receive federal aid?
Do you people know the only legitimate reason for a press conference during and in a disaster zone? It is only for emergency alert and public service. Do you know why? As bloomberg was press releasing and conferencing people were still dying. The Irony really is that Bloomberg told the pres to stay away, we all have more important things to do. Bloombergs people running that show should have been doing their emergency protocal jobs.
Bloomberg said he at one time would have endorsed Romney but Romney kept changing his positions! Yet another Independent to endorse Obama and see that Romney is running a campaign of lies and flip flopping of historic measures!
You are still not addressing holding a political press conference during and in a disaster area. It is wrong.
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