Mayor Bloomberg Is Done Pretending to Like His Ceremonial Duties

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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]