Bloomberg on Gotbaum, Kerry

One frustration about covering Michael Bloomberg is, sometimes, his utter refusal to play along with the storyline of the day.

Today reporters tried picking his brain about Betsy Gotbaum, who recently repaid the city for four years’ worth of traveling expenses, and about John Kerry’s severely over-covered joke about soldiers in Iraq.

Here’s what we got.

On Gotbaum:

Mayor: I don’t know what she did. She should talk to her lawyers and whatever the law is she should certainly obey. But I just donĀ¹t know. Yes, Miss?

On Kerry:

Mayor: I don’t know, you know. You better ask Senator Kerry. I think our troops are out there fighting and dying for us and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. No matter what you think about the war, young men and women
who are putting their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy and we should say thank you to them and pray that they all come home safely. Thank you very much.

– Azi Paybarah