A chastened mayor Bloomberg is scrambling to save his reputation as a top-flight manager after a string of snow-removal snafus left New Yorkers fuming.
Traveling to a snow-clogged Brooklyn, he acknowledged the anger of people whose streets haven't been plowed - or whose lives were threatened by perilous delays in emergency response as ambulances sat stuck.
"I'm angry too," he said. But insisted: "We cannot do everything all the time and we are doing the best we can."
While acknowledging the need for a thorough review of the 911 system collapse during the storm, he largely defended city agencies.
Asked if he had regrets about the way city officials handled the storm, Hizzoner quipped sarcastically, "I regret everything in the world."
"I don't think that we should sit around and think that the end of the world is here," he added. "We cannot be every place at all times ... We won't get to everybody every time."
"We will make mistakes but we have to continue plugging ahead. Yelling about it and complaining doesn't help."
Complaints are still flowing in from all corners as city busses, ambulances and private vehicles remain jammed in snowbanks.
Bloomberg said he's not sure if any deaths were caused by delays in emergency response, but conceded its possible.
"Make no mistake about it," he said. "When you have an emergency like this and ambulances get stuck and fire trucks get stuck and police cars get stuck, it is a dangerous thing and unfortunately we're not going to be able to get the help to people who need it."
Dunno if anybody died because the EMS couldn't get to them in time, but if so, oops...
Wow - in just two days, Bloomberg's reputation as uber-competent technocrat manager of the largest city in the country has imploded under the weight of all that unplowed snow and his own sarcastic and tone-deaf response to the mess.
And now he's squirming under the lights and giving everybody a glimpse of the true Bloomie - petulant, selfish, sarcastic, defensive...just one big, big asshole.
I think we can safely say that Mayor Bloomberg's presidential ambitions ended today.
Sure, he's got $300 million to dump into the presidential campaign like snow from the sky during a blizzard, but all that money isn't going to make people forget what happened during Snowmageddon 2010.
Keep in mind, too, that the snow mess is just the latest fiasco Bloomberg has brought us in this third (illegal) term.
First came Cathie with an "i" Black and then came the CityTime theft of $80 million bucks.
So it's not like this snow thing is happening in isolation.
Bloomberg has been very good at hiding his true self and/or getting people to ignore what an asshole he is by spending lots of time and money on p.r. to build himself up as the Uber-Mayor/Mayor of Accountability.
But that veneer has melted like this snow eventually will.
And what is left is the REAL BLOOMBERG - a rich old white man who doesn't give a shit about anybody outside of his immediate circle of wealthy cronies, can't take legitimate criticism for when he screws up but still thinks he can hold OTHER PEOPLE accountable even when he won't hold himself or people in his administration accountable for some really screwed-up mistakes.
Just ask the people in Astoria when they didn't have electricity for a week about that.