Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg gave his fourth State of the City address (which was titled "Building a City of Opportunity"), which was notable for how positive he was about the city. The NY Times called it "feel-good," Newsday called it "upbeat," with lines like "The state of our city is strong -- and we are going to make it even stronger for the future." Clearly, that was the only way to go since he's running for re-election this fall, but some things, like keeping the streets safe and improving education standards, are timeless in being effective at publis sentiment. Here some gold from his closing:
We may not agree on everything. In fact, that’s one thing that will never change in this city. But I know we all share the same love and passion for this great city. And with our passion, our pride, and our people how can we not succeed?
We are New York.
The Mayor did use his "tough but right decisions" strategy, and focused a lot of attention on minorities and low-income residents, who haven't been particularly interested in the Mayor so far. Gothamist watched the speech for a while, and it did give us a nice feeling inside, but now we're curious what his opponents have to say.
Read the whole speech here (he made a Randy Johnson joke - "Randy actually has to sit down with me for some tips on how to deal with the New York City press corps"). Additionally, the NY Times notes that part of the Mayor's problem will bee less his record and more his inability to "connect himself" to the people; Newsday looks at the re-election strategy within the speech. The Daily News' opinion columnist Michael Daly said the speech, was a "master stroke of political one-upmanship," noting the Mayor "even praised Rep. Charlie Rangel, which is when I knew he had gone too far." And former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer said after the speech, "I wish the mayor had spoken more vigorously and clearly about the elephant in the room — and that's the crisis of affordability."