During a press conference celebrating his legal victory earlier today, David Paterson opened up about his recent rift with President Obama, who reportedly asked him not to run for governor again next year. The president “was gracious” when they awkwardly ran into each other yesterday. “He asked me how I was feeling,” Paterson said. “He expressed a little chagrin about the process in this situation.” Haha, chagrin! One of the many subtle weapons in our president’s emotional arsenal.
But Paterson wasn’t too impressed with all of this, nonetheless. “I understand the president’s concern and I understand concern of staff members at the White House,” he said. “If you look at it from their perspective, they haven’t exactly been able to govern in the first year of their administration in the way that other administrations have, where you would have, theoretically, a period in which the new administration is allowed to pass the needed pieces of legislation.” What we think he’s trying to say here is that he understands why the administration is seriously worried about losing seats in the House next year, and that they think if he runs again, more Republicans will turn out to vote. But it comes across sounding something more like: “I know you are, but what am I?”
Paterson: ‘You Don’t Give Up’ [PolitickerNY]