“The way we say we are grateful or we are thrilled or we are happy in New York is with a parade in the Canyon of Heroes. If there are other ways the veterans think we should do it I am open to hearing that, but I want is to make sure this moment does not pass us by because if we wait too long it will pass us by and then the thanks will seem, late and belated like the birthhday card from your aunt who forgot. It just doesn’t mean as much.”
So far, Mayor Bloomberg has resisted the idea, saying the Pentagon told him that the city shouldn’t do it.
Ms. Maddow gave Ms. Quinn the opportunity to criticize her ally on this matter, but she resisted.
“I feel badly for the mayor in the sense that he checked with the Pentagon and said to the Department of Defense can we do this? And what Mayor Bloomberg’s office heard back from them was no we don’t want cities to do that. That position on the part of the Pentagon or DOD puts mayors in a tough spot, because do you disregard what the federal government has said to you? So I really think what needs to happen is the Pentagon needs to change their positions and make it ok for cities if they want to do this to do this.”
Cities like St. Louis are ignoring the Pentagon’s wishes and holding a parade for Iraq War vets anyway. And to hear Ms. Quinn tell it, if the Pentagon ok’d it, a parade would happen in New York almost immediately.
“Really really, I believe very strongly if Mayor Bloomberg got a green light we would have a parade as quickly as we had this one,” she said.
The appearance on Maddow was Ms. Quinn’s first studio visit with the MSNBC host–but it is a slot that her former rival, Anthony Weiner, use to take up quite often.
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