Morning Read: ‘Offensive in the Extreme’

Headline of the Day: “Historic Bible goes missing after de Blasio swearing in.”  Sign Up For Our Daily Newsletter Sign

D TRAIN ARRIVES ... and smashes into Bloomberg.
Today’s New York Post: “D TRAIN ARRIVES … and smashes into Bloomberg.”

Headline of the Day: “Historic Bible goes missing after de Blasio swearing in.” 

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Bill de Blasio‘s spokeswoman Lis Smith, the target of extensive tabloid controversy last week, is not staying on in the administration. Capital New York reports she “is returning to her work as a consultant for the Democratic Governors Association … According to a source close to Smith, she was contracted to work with de Blasio only through the transition.”

After Mr. de Blasio’s big event yesterday, the reviews are in. BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, for instance, compared it to President Barack Obama‘s inauguration: “[H]e did in his inauguration what Obama didn’t: He promised to stay true to his detailed and ideological agenda.”

While New York Times columnist Michael Powell wrote, “The political theater was striking, and not just because a mayor with precious little experience as an executive had set a monumental task for himself … The coming months will offer a clearer verdict. But you suspect that his life’s experience has also taught him that chasms are rarely crossed in a single step.”

NY1 host Errol Louis, speaking on Road to City Hall, also used the word “striking.” “The tone of the thing, I thought was striking. And I know it wasn’t coordinated and each speech seemed to feed on the others. And what I thought was going to be a sort of pageant of unity turned into a pretty sharp-edged, almost partisan kind of party,” he said.

Speaking on the same program, columnist Clyde Haberman slammed the early speeches at the event. “If you listened to the speeches … you would think that we live in a city of total Stygian darkness and nothing good has happened over 12 years,” he said. “Rev. Lucas’s use of ‘the plantation called New York City,’ I frankly found that offensive in the extreme.”

“The new mayor’s speech was just fine,” concurred Daily News editorial writer Joshua Greenman. “Some of what led up to it was odious and divisive, more befitting a second-rate protest rally than the inauguration of the leader of the greatest city in the world … After that low point, the grim tone was echoed by speaker after speaker.”

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin would likely agree. “No man or woman who has done for New York what he has done should have to sit still while an avalanche of smears, lies and distortions rains down on him. He deserved better than the disgraceful drubbing he took at his successor’s inauguration,” he wrote today.

And even The Nation wasn’t entirely excited about the event, especially former President Bill Clinton‘s presence.

Morning Read: ‘Offensive in the Extreme’