Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'

mayor bloomberg army Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'
Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.

Mayor Bloomberg’s recent criticism of President Obama for allowing the debt reduction Supercommittee to fail led many political tea leaf watchers to believe he’s eyeing a potential White House bid. To the dismay of those who hope he’ll mount presidential campaign, Mayor Bloomberg began his speech last night by discussing why City Hall is just fine by him.

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

At first, Mayor Bloomberg sounded he was outlining why three terms as mayor was enough experience in public office for him, but he quickly switched gears and began characterizing City Hall as the perfect preparation for the White House because it allowed him to buck the Beltway establishment get real on-the-ground knowledge.

“I don’t listen to Washington very much, which is something they’re not thrillled about,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We have every kind of people from every part of the world and every kind of problem.”

Mayor Bloomberg explained that, unlike Washington politicians, mayors are people of action.

“The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage.”

You see, according to Mayor Bloomberg, he and his mayoral colleagues are focused on results. It’s the rest of the politicians who are screwing things up.

“At the state or federal level, that’s where the real problems are. You see it particularly in American government at the moment where they are just unable to do anything, and yet, the mayors of this country still have to deal with the real world,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Mayor Bloomberg closed by expressing the desire for someone with real, executive experience to arrive on the scene and change things in Washington.

“Unfortunately, people at the federal level or the state level typically spend their whole lives in politics, and they’ve never been an executive and it shows,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

Who could he possibly be thinking of?

 

 

 

128 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'

  1. wow.  I think I am officially depressed now.  NY used to be free, now we are a militarized state w/state run media. What’s next?

    1. a ch 7 reporter told me the other nite that they are not allowed to cover occupy wall st per order of bloomberg.   I said why does he have this power – he had no answer.

    2. The NYPD will beat the hell out of a crowd protesting the CRIMES of a small group of thugs rather than investigate the CRIMES that led to the protesting. $40 trillion lost in less than 5 years – countless broken homes, suicides, jobs and homes lost, and Gloomberg & Kelly have the nerve to rough up an honest group of Americans angry about the swindle of the Century. We really have sunk to aa new low. 

  2. wow.  I think I am officially depressed now.  NY used to be free, now we are a militarized state w/state run media. What’s next?

  3. Bloomberg sure loves tobpat himself on the back bragging how great he is as mayor of NYC. Too bad the citizens are waking up to their totalitarian mayor a little late after letting him get away bullying & buying himself a 3rd term. I seriously hope this egomaniac never gets a chance to run for President let alone gets elected. All he believes is that the gov’t should be run as a corporation, everything would be privatized and our rights taken away like he did to the Occupiers of OWS in Zuccotti Park.

  4. Yes,  @Arq1, he is insane. Not the kind of insane we put people in a straightjacket for, but  nonetheless insane, and far, far more dangerous. His money has given him power and influence far beyond imagination. He exists in a zone few humans have been in before and he doesn’t have the depth of soul to keep himself grounded in reality, where he could use his power  for a great deal of good. Instead, he tramples people in his zest to leave a transformed city. Many people’s lives have been derailed during his time in office. They suffer.

  5. 18 Billion reasons cause @MikeBloomberg to puff out his chest and crow like Napolean but the measure of a man is not the size of his bank account.

  6. 18 Billion reasons cause @MikeBloomberg to puff out his chest and crow like Napolean but the measure of a man is not the size of his bank account.

  7. 18 Billion reasons cause @MikeBloomberg to puff out his chest and crow like Napolean but the measure of a man is not the size of his bank account.

  8. If the people of a city vote for a maximum of two term limits and then some billionaire asshole says, I want three, and makes it so, doesn’t that automatically disqualify this fat greedy piece of shit from any position associated with democracy?

      1. But that was before term limits were voted in. Bloomberg disregarded the will of the people who voted twice to have a limit of two terms in office.

      2. Most people stayed home because the most money ever in the history of the universe was spent on his third term re-election campaign.  The media all told us he would win in a landslide, which he didn’t.  As for “allowing” a third term?  Um, yes so far the people have allowed this to continue.

      3. The city council changed the term limits law without a ballot opttion, the decision was made for ten million people by 29 morons.

  9. He forgot to mention how his “army” is also supported by JP Morgan and others.. I m sure they would vote him for prez.

  10. No way!  Bloomberg has already ruined New York City for the 99%.  He has turned the city into a playground for the rich and a Disney-world version of the city for tourists. 

  11. Executive experience, eh? Like the previous former executive president who promised to “run the country like a business”  and went from a budget surplus to one of the largest deficits in history? To be fair it’s not uncommon in business to take over a company so you can funnel its assets into companies you already have holdings in before leaving it to collapse. It’s considered good business if it leaves you wealthier. That and there’s no shortage of executives who succeed more through nepotism and cronyism than actual insight and understanding of the business they’re put in charge of running.

    1. “it’s not uncommon in business to take over a company so you can funnel its assets into companies you already have holdings in before leaving it to collapse.” 

      You weren’t thinking of any of the current republican presidential candidates, were you?

  12. Of course he doesn’t listen to Washington.  Bloomberg is essential a CEO, and CEOs don’t listen to people.  They expect people to do what he tells them, which renders him unqualified for public service.

  13. Since when is the NYPD the 7th biggest army in the world……
    China
    Russia
    US
    India
    Pakistan
    North Korea
    Iran
    Germany
    Turkey
    Venezuela
    Brazil
    Ukraine
    Poland
    Japan
    South Korea
    Mexico
    Cartels
    Zimbabwe
    South Africa
    Eygpt
    France
    Britain
    Canada

  14. So, do I need a passport to visit NYC? What with it being his “own” and everything. Just what the world needs. Another narcissist.

  15. A person who considers the police force to be his “own army” is not a person you want to see in any position of power anywhere.  The way he has been using his “army” for the benefit of his buddies illustrates that he actually does consider them to be his, and admitting it just confirms what has been obvious.

      1. Yeah, Glloomberg has his own little Waffen SS with the right helmets and cool AR-15 automatics… he can wage war on the only honest man left in NYC. But Gloomberg will soon be history, the dungheap of history at that. 

  16. 42 years ago, the great radio storyteller Jean Shepherd responded to Norman Mailer’s campaign of statehood for New York City by one-upping his proposal. He wanted NYC to become an independent nation, ruled by a monarchy, with himself, of course, as monarch. He picked out a throne name — King Augustus Rhetoric — and milked the joke for weeks, with the enthusiastic support of listeners who wrote in to request knighthoods or to appoint themselves Sultan of California and demand tribute.

    And now Bloomberg goes and spoils the joke by making the same claims in absolute seriousness. His own army, his own state department, his own ???? What’s his throne name, King Erronius Egomaniacus?

  17. To all the good #NYPD do not leave your jobs, because he will hire cruel people to take your place. Watch out for those who need your help and kindness. Report the ones who need to get fired. #ows

  18. I’d like to state that NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy, and now his “Personal Army” statement makes him seem like a dictator. He might as well have NYC secede from the union and turn it into the next Bahrain. If you haven’t seen the atrocities in Bahrain, you should for your own sense of justice. 

    The one thing that makes Bloomberg different from Mubarek, Assad, and Ghadaffi is that he’s at the helm of the Plutocracy. You’ve seen the Bloomberg logos on the NYSE computers right?

  19. King Bloomberg had to coerce the New York legislators to make an exception for him to run for a third term. He then spent over 100 million and almost lost. Now, he rules like a king. He doesn’t like salt, so he bans it yet he gives out free needles with instructions on how to shoot up heroin correctly. He’s anti gun and pro-Muslim and does not understand the threat of Islam. New York and America,”WAKE UP!” 

  20. Mayor Bloomberg…you’re a fascist pig, plain and simple. You’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell of getting to the White House. 

  21. Hey bloomberg most of your “army” doesn’t like you by the way! Much like most of the people who ARE ACTUALLY FROM THIS CITY YOU YUPPIE SCUMBAG!

  22. The trouble with these multi-term politicians is that they eventually begin to believe their own BS, much like Hollywood actors/actresses. In my opinion the single fact that he’s a billionaire should bar him from holding any elected office! 

  23. What will it take to get the government of the United States to address the keeping of a private army on its soil. And why are the citizens of New York paying to have an army subjugate them? Is this the twilight zone? The one where people get their spines removed.

    1. it IS the twilight zone.   Was in the timewarner bldg and in the restroom was a tv screen playing news,  in the mirror.   Big bro is everywhere, and people are conditinoned to acept this mind control.   Snce bloomberg outlawed cigs in the parks (thank God – they are filthy and bother nonsmokers) let him use his despot power to get rid of the  mind control noise everywhere – all the restaurants, stores that play music to brainwash us so we can’t think.  People are conditioned to accept this and need to stop it.  We need quiet to think, write, work and pray. One cannot pray with noise – you need quiet to be effective.  I ask people “does this bother you – and they say yeah but what can you do”     speak up!  people need to be empowered to resist all this control.

      1. That little puff of smoke you saw in the air used to be your insurance policy that all liberties and freedoms were still in effect and being honored. Now – well not so much.  Also, “second hand smoking”, the way Hitler used to phrase it, was NEVER proven to be harmful at all – ever. It’s just a hateful prejudice by some against smokers that enabled the breakdown of the social insurance policy so to speak, thus allowing the draconian banning and mind-control issues you worry about, while at the same time ensuring their survival by expressing your deeply held hateful prejudice against those “filthy smokers”, another of Hitler’s long held beliefs (look it u, it’s true – Hitler hated and banned smoking and second hand smoke was proven non-harmful by the UN’s first study as well as the largest study ever done in 2006 – all of it thus serving another more sinister ulterior motive, which has now come back to bite everyone in the arse, including yourself apparently, being locked in by your own hatred for those you do not understand).

  24. I voted for this sonofabitch three times. Unless this clown things he is living in Medieval Times or the Napoleonic era, he ought not to be making statements like this.  Maybe he thinks he is Mussolini because he made the trains run on time? I do not know WTF this man is thinking making remarks like this. I suspect simple arrogance. He has run NYC like it was a side business of Bloomberg, LP 

    KING BLOOMBERG: You owe the people of New York City and the United States of America a public apology, preferably at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for your declaration that you have command over the 7th largest Army in the world, after which you should resign. You are the Mayor of New York City, schmuck, not a phucking KING. We do not bow or salute Mayors, nor should we continue to entertain the arrogance of a man who goes around arresting mentally ill losers who the FBI passed over as a terrorist threat simply because you need to have a basis for a further crackdown on a Freedom & Liberty movement which gets in the way of the interests of some of your clients. 

    STAND DOWN CLOWN. 

  25. What King Mike forgot to add was that not only doesn’t he listen to the folks in Washington, but he also does not listen to the people in NYC ~ which is something WE are not thrilled about.

  26. Let’s get something clear… New Yorkers did not allow Mayor Bloomberg to have a third term, that was a change voted on by the city council, which I believe narrowly won. He also won re-election by a narrow margin as well, at least the narrowest he has ever won.

  27. Let’s get something clear… New Yorkers did not allow Mayor Bloomberg to have a third term, that was a change voted on by the city council, which I believe narrowly won. He also won re-election by a narrow margin as well, at least the narrowest he has ever won.

  28. Let’s get something clear… New Yorkers did not allow Mayor Bloomberg to have a third term, that was a change voted on by the city council, which I believe narrowly won. He also won re-election by a narrow margin as well, at least the narrowest he has ever won.

  29. Let’s get something clear… New Yorkers did not allow Mayor Bloomberg to have a third term, that was a change voted on by the city council, which I believe narrowly won. He also won re-election by a narrow margin as well, at least the narrowest he has ever won.

  30. Bloomberg is quite insane, he and Ray Kelly (The guy who oversees Bloomberg’s deeply corrupt army) believe they can shoot down airplanes on their own — Kelly has already said so.  These two are very dangerous people.  Bloomberg first took office and was worth 4 billion — he’s now worth 20 — where is the Federal investigation into HOW that happened — what insider information did he use?  He made the corruption investigation into Quinn disappear so she would back him into overturning term limits for him.

  31. The  other implication people missed is that he can openly wage war against us with “his” army. He doesn’t feel he needs to pose as one of us anymore.

  32. the guy still got voted on for those of u who say he has taken advantage of his power by doing three terms … and u wanna talk about manipulated? Think 2008 Obama Campaign

  33. i don’t think he understands the difference between the president’s job and the mayor’s job. the president is both a head of state and head of government. the president also cannot take much action last i checked. you need congressional approval for a lot of things.

  34. i don’t think he understands the difference between the president’s job and the mayor’s job. the president is both a head of state and head of government. the president also cannot take much action last i checked. you need congressional approval for a lot of things.

  35. i don’t think he understands the difference between the president’s job and the mayor’s job. the president is both a head of state and head of government. the president also cannot take much action last i checked. you need congressional approval for a lot of things.

  36. I have news for the Mayor, a police force is not an army.  His confusion explains the rampant civil rights violations in NYC. 

    1. I have news for you.  As a result of our fine Federal “government”, MOST police forces in this country are INDEED armies.  Armed with full military weapons and body armor, air support, invasive surveillance, and feeding everything they get back to their FedPig Masters through Fusion Centers.  May every one of them rot in he11 for what they have done to this country.

  37. this man is arrogant and  a danger to new yorkers he thinks the NYPD is his army this man is power mad. it is not his army they are servants of the people, as soon as this gangster is voted out of all offices the beter. 

  38. By Bloomberg’s reasoning, the enlisted men should run the Army. They are the ones that are on the frontlines, actually doing the fighting. Why pay attention to the bureaucratic generals – they get the results. And the same will be said about the police on foot patrol- as in, City Hall has no clue how to deal with the Occupy protesters or to remove snow after a blizzard.

    It goes both ways, Mr. Mayor – it’s easy to chirp from the sidelines, no?

  39. It should be deeply troubling to citizens who think they are free to know that their mayor regards the police among them as his personal “army. ”

    And he wields that army in a full-throated defense  of Wall Street corruption, who are continuously bailed out even as they rip off the American people and harm our standard of living. 

    It puts a whole new meaning on the term, “class war.”

  40. I attempted to phone The White House and ask what the president intends to do about a private standing army on our soil, but it was closed…

  41. he has learned the in’s and out’s of political corruption, “has is own army”, guess he is ready for the presidency, In his own  democrat liberal power hungry eyes.

  42. Is this gun-grabbing imbecile really bragging about the NYPD being militarized and being home to the  treacherous U.N.???  

    …Just when you think that you’ve heard it all. 

  43. Bloomberg is right… he is well prepared and experienced to be the fascist empire’s next chief executive. He is ruthless and insensitive to the people, willing to wield both force and fraud under the color of law to achieve his goals. But I don’t want to live in a fascist empire where such as S. 1867 gives such bastards the “legal” authority to use military force to detain, torture, or kill anyone, anywhere, anytime with no due process, no attorney or trial. I’m sure Bloomberg can hardly contain his lust for the Oval Orifice in the District of Criminals. God help us to rekindle the Spirit of ’76!

  44. Mayor, it looks like you’ve done a neat end run around that whole military detention of Americans issue. Well played, you aspiring dictator.

  45. Gee!  Blombarack thinks of the NYPD as his own private army!?   No surprise there.  The top 1% regard the public merely as pawns in their greed-centered games.  Someone should remind Lord Bloombarack that “The Mission of the New York City Police
    Department is to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in
    partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional
    rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide
    for a safe environment.”  No mention there of acting as the personal “army” for the Lord Mayor. 

  46. Michael Bloomberg, international man of action. Yikes! His managerial experience includes going hat in hand to Albany and Washington for funds to pay for our largesse. As POSTUS, he’d go hand in hand to Beijing and Berlin. Thanks!

    But since, Mayor Bloomberg will never be President of the
    United States, he’s entitled to dream. 

  47. The 7th largest military that was once headed by Bernard Kerik. Is he out of prison yet?
    Hello? Is this thing on?
    I need a permit?

  48. The 7th largest military that was once headed by Bernard Kerik. Is he out of prison yet?
    Hello? Is this thing on?
    I need a permit?

    1. Yes, you would think they — and the firemen who took the heaters away from OWS on a cold night — could remember that their labor reps have been fighting all year against the tyrant’s attempts to push their unions around and take their money (google VSF and you’ll see what I  meann).

  49. The UN may be in NY, but he does not have it. He has nothing to do with it and has no control over it. For all intents and purposes, it’s a sovereign country. He is completely powerless in its presence.

  50. If  this windbag thinks he has his own personal army, let him pay their salaries instead of the taxpayers.  The NYPD doesn’t work for him, they work for us and so does he.  He’s a public servant.  Someone is clearly beyond-the-legal-limit intoxicated on power. He’s not fit to run this great city, let alone the country.  Go home, Bloomberg.  Don’t you have some stocks to trade or something?

  51. This character has been a great pox upon a once-great city. His express aim from day one has been to meld the lives of millions to his capricious whims, so he can travel the world bragging about how he could impose his will on millions of people and so he can burnish his nonexistent resume for higher office.

  52. New York citizens voted him in again last year to a third term.  It just seems to me that if most New Yorkers dislike him so much, then why on earth did they not turn out to vote against him?  It makes no sense. 

  53. Dear God. We are hosed. Our only hope is to elect people who will vow to smash statism wherever it is witnessed. Bloomie ain’t him.

  54. So say some little troll pays a fortune to win two terms, but doesn’t want to leave. He just changes the law. Putin, right? No, our very own loathsome creep of a thug and protector of the criminal Banksters, Mike Gloomberg. His last day in office will be one big p-a-r-t-y. He will NEVER be president, in fact he will never hold another elected office. 

  55. After 9/11 the worst calamity to befall New York City has been this tyrant. The militarization of the police force has now found its inevitable end: the unleashing of military tactics upon citizens. This was illustrated by that nighttime assault on Liberty Park, by the mass false arrests around the 2004  Republican National Convention, etc.

  56. Thanks to Bloomberg my son in law took early retirementy. I can’t believe they let this clown buy his way into a third term, it sounds as if he is going for a fourth term, not because he loves NY, but because the CFR told him to they want this traitor there  minding the big store. It looks more like a ghost town when you visit now, this is my hometown and i dont’ recognie it since he took office, I went to school there at arts and designs as well and it just isn’t the same.
    Bloomberg isa good at helping the big time Muslims get what they want in NY, he has shifted all of hs business dealings to Dubai so he has a lot of interests in NY and the middle east, they don’t include the New yorkers, the Secret service had ot hold this pipsqueak back when someone sdaid soemthing he didn’t like, he was absolutely drooling and sputtering, he is a total loser. I fhe didnt’ have money someone would just step on this gnat.

  57. I beg to differ with many of you, but I am feeling a different tune. I think I’m actually proud to have this man for a major. At this moment, New York can be better yes much better and cheaper to live in. But I believe he may be changing, along with the times, the course of the old-school government. The president runs a country where the Americans matter; the major runs the city, where ultimately, we matter. After all we are independent states. When I see it from that point of view, I’m proud we have this man. B)

  58. I beg to differ with many of you, but I am feeling a different tune. I think I’m actually proud to have this man for a major. At this moment, New York can be better yes much better and cheaper to live in. But I believe he may be changing, along with the times, the course of the old-school government. The president runs a country where the Americans matter; the major runs the city, where ultimately, we matter. After all we are independent states. When I see it from that point of view, I’m proud we have this man. B)

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