A Patriot Without a President

So, Michael Bloomberg, to quote Teddy, is tossing his hat in the ring, and I for one am glad.

He was my neighbor for many years before and after he became Mayor of New York, so I got to observe Mike, up close and personal.

I liked how he went into the Nectar Coffee Shop same as every day before elected to get his own coffee, leaving his security detail outside. He knew the cook and waiters by name, and tipped appropriately, never flaunting his wealth.

He helped a lot after September 11th, opening up office space for what was left of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost 658 workers, 68% of its workforce, and did it quietly.

When a young man working in the neighborhood was killed during a random robbery, a memorial fund for aspiring writers was set up in Nick’s name. If it didn’t meet its annual quota, Mr. Bloomberg always made up the difference.

He underwrote a little mom and pop shop whose landlord tripled their rent they could ill afford after losing all their retirement savings during the financial crisis. They never knew it was him, but some of us did.

When Pat, the local window washer, was fatally struck by a car, Mike held a little service in Central Park where he memorialized Pat with his name on his favorite bench. We had Pepsi, pretzels and donuts, because it was Pat’s favorite fare.

They say God is in the details, and I’d say Mr. Bloomberg is his ardent representative.

Unlike our present president, he extends himself to others without boast nor swagger, swapping them for kindness and humility.

Which brings me to why Mr. Bloomberg decided to run. He said, Donald Trump is simply not fit for the office that he holds and represents an unprecedented threat to our nation.

That statement was enough for me since, not as politically articulate as my former Mayor, I think Trump treats the Oval more like a squash court, having no respect for his predecessors.

Teddy sat there, and FDR, and who could forget JFK’s iconic remark during the 1962 dinner honoring Noble Prize Winners...I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent of human knowledge at the White House, with the possible exception of when Jefferson dined alone.

Occupying that space is a grace and a privilege, and the person who sits behind that noble desk, is there strictly for us.

It’s not about you Mr. Trump.

When they asked John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, son of John, our 2nd, after he went back into the House of Representatives, the only president to do so, what party he belonged to, Mr. Adams said…

I belong to no party. I represent the people.

Michael Bloomberg isn’t perfect, because no one is, but I’ll gladly toss my hat in the ring next to his, over another four years of embarrassing leadership come this November.

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SB

 

 

 

About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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34 Responses to A Patriot Without a President

  1. I have always admired Mike Bloomberg for his abilities and willingness to serve. I wish him well, but don’t think his party is going to give up the socialist agenda for his obvious qualifications. It is clear to me that the very people being vilified by several candidates will have Mike in their sights. He is, after all, the consummate capitalist. I agree he would return the office to a dignified position and hope he fairs well.

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Thanks for sharing your sincere and eloquent perspective. Good stuff!

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  3. Having been one who helped put Mr. Trump into the Oval office, I feel I have a right to speak out when I find that my hopes, though well-based, were not met – at all. Mr. Trump has not, in my humble opinion, done anything he said he would, at least, not in the way I thought he should – if that. I still do not feel we are worse off than we would have been under Hilary. That future still scares me more than this one. However, I am so glad to hear that, whatever party he runs under, we now have someone who sounds and acts like the President I have always hoped to have. Perfect? You are right, no; however, his election appears to present a breath of fresh air to a people who have come as close to a dictatorship as I ever hope to see.

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    • I didn’t want Hillary either and I too am sorry T is such a disappointment. The world is just spinning too fast for me. I want to feel protected. I want to know honesty prevails. Maybe those examples of Mike Bloomberg’s largesse seem silly, but they speak to me. Always have, and I’ve had issues will him since, he likes knocking things down, doesn’t regard the old with the respect it deserves, often thinking of him as the Robert Moses of our time who, in his era, razed so many structures that bleated history like 110 Columbia Heights, where The Roeblings lived, masterminding the building of our majestic Brooklyn Bridge, along with The original Brooklyn Eagle where Walt Whitman served as editor. So my point is, Mike’s not perfect either, but he does have more integrity and we are so down a quart across the board. Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s doing poorly. I’m going to change the title.

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  4. Sorryless says:

    Trump was supposed to be that populist anomaly who swept in and took a scissor to all that red tape. Instead, he’s an autocrat who seeks more power through division. And I’ll get off my soapbox now by saying simply . .

    I’m with you on this!

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  6. Eilene Lyon says:

    Thanks for sharing your perspective on Bloomberg. I’m rather tired of old white guys in the White House, personally. But if he should become the nominee, he’ll have my vote. I hear there was combat in Berkeley. As my hubby said, “Trump isn’t the Messiah or the devil. How can it be we’ve come to this?”

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    • I don’t know, but we need help. I only shared what I know of MB. He’s a decent sort of man. Again, he’s not perfect, but he’ll go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump who he knows quite well. Who else is there? I feel for Biden who’s lost one son and has had another dragged through the mud. And Bernie, though likeable, just doesn’t cross the finish line for me. Ms Warren? You could light candles with her anger. The election at the very least, will be very interesting. Thanks for commenting. I’m sure I’ve pissed off quite a few Trumpets.

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  7. That’s a very interesting perspective, Susannah. I never knew you lived that close to him. It will be interesting to see how things shape up with the primary in the next six months.

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    • His townhouse was right around the corner from me. One minute he was just a neighbor, the next the Mayor. He’s very smart and takes no prisoners. I remember him boycotting some event because they were rude to Loraine Bracco when she was on the Sopranos. Some type of Italian slur. He stands up. We like that.

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  8. skinnyuz2b says:

    After reading this, he will have my vote.

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  9. Vasca says:

    I’m trying to keep a balance and hold on, watching what takes place. The frightful thing to me is this; there are some good candidates out there…but the parties turn everything into a war with no holds barred. Parties have lost their sense of what is good for the country rather than what is good for the party (or for each individual party member with power) and it’s totally revolting. Bloomberg has great credentials but he will have no say-so…nor will anyone else. A most sad state of affairs and who carries enough weight/power to change it? Integrity seems lost in politics. We, the people are losers as is the United States of America. I just read Sweden handles their leaders just like the ordinary citizens.

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