Mayor Bloomberg Is Done Pretending to Like His Ceremonial Duties

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pauses while introducing Dennis Walcott, his current deputy mayor for education, as the new Schools Chancellor for New York City following the departure of the controversial Cathleen Black on April 7, 2011 in New York City. Black, who came from a corporate background with little public school experience, is leaving after serving just three months in the position. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Yesterday, at a groundbreaking ceremony on the Brooklyn waterfront, Michael Bloomberg reportedly joked to a few other assembled elected officials, “I can’t wait for the last one. You have no idea.” Except he probably wasn't joking, just smiling while he said something very true! When asked to expand on that sentiment, he added "I like groundbreakings. I’ve just always thought that you could do something better with the dirt on your shovel on your last groundbreaking.” A spokesperson helpfully clarified that he meant (jokingly!) he wanted to shovel dirt on reporters. That was definitely a good way to get them not to write up the off-the-cuff remark. Definitely.

Mike’s shovelful of ceremonies [NYP]