Mayor Bloomberg Didn’t Respond to the Metro-North Derailment Because He Was Golfing in Bermuda

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 1:  (L-R) Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Commissioner Edward Kilduff, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Ray Kelly,  MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speak to the media after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station December 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Multiple injuries and several deaths were reported after the seven car train left the tracks as it was heading to Grand Central Terminal along the Hudson River line.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
The FDNY chief, the NYPD chief, the MTA chief, and the governor at the scene of the derailment on Sunday. Anyone missing? Photo: Christopher Gregory/2013 Getty Images

Ask Mayor Bloomberg why he didn't go to the scene of the deadly train derailment in the Bronx or participate in press conferences throughout the day, and he'll reply thusly, as he did last night:

What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or a police officer. There’s nothing I can do. What I can do is make sure that the right people from New York City — our police commissioner, our fire commissioner and our emergency management commissioner — are there and that they have all the resources that they want.

That's not the entire explanation, however. As many suspected, Bloomberg didn't show up at the site of the accident, because, as is his wont, he was golfing in Bermuda at the time. In fact, he continued golfing for hours after the incident, according to The Wall Street Journal. The optics of that aren't great, but he's right that he really wouldn't have contributed much anyway, and with one month left in his term, Bloomberg is just about done caring about optics.