Thursday, September 11, 2008

What Do You Call A Beady-Eyed Rodent Worth Twenty Billion Dollars?

As long as we're talking about lipstick and pigs and sexist politicians, someone should call out Michael Bloomberg. He disgusts me, and so does the sycophantic Liz Smith.

Here's a snippet from her column in The New York Post, March 6, 2007:

Pondering president-making and political futures, how about the fact that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is the 8,000-pound gorilla who can sit wherever he wants, when it comes to doing as he damn pleases!

His net worth is so much greater than anything previously indicated. It has been estimated in the $20 billion range. His financial news company has 125 bureaus worldwide and is possibly worth $22.5 billion, maybe more. This fortune alone makes the mayor of N.Y.C. more formidable than many have imagined.

And while we're at it, here's a Washington Post vignette on Bloomberg I've always loved. His office is a scurry of people. The mayor asks an aide, Clare Hickey, "Have you gotten Sharon Stone yet?"

Hickey says Stone's people haven't gotten back. "Did you tell her she has the chance to be the next Mrs. Bloomberg?" quips the mayor. Then he humorously charts a graph in the air: "As I get older, I get more valuable," he says moving his left hand up. "As she gets older, she gets less valuable . . . now would be the perfect time for an intersection."

I love the mayor, his sense of humor and his utter refusal to guard every word and gesture. He'll either become president or the world's biggest philanthropist