Bloomberg offers unequivocal praise for Obama’s consolidation plan

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent out a rare statement of unqualified support for Barack Obama this afternoon, saying he "couldn't agree more" with the president's effort to consolidate federal agencies into a more streamlined bureaucracy.

The mayor has sometimes used Obama as a foil for expressing his own opinions on the state of politics in Washington, partisanship in general, and what it means to be an executive.

In November, Bloomberg implored Obama to "lead the country and to lead Congress" to a deficit-cutting compromise on the super committee, and had previously criticized him over health care costs, access to Plan B, and the Buffett Rule, among other things.

(Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, was also quoted criticizing the president, and Rupert Murdoch once said that Bloomberg thought Obama to be particularly "arrogant," an account the mayor disputed.)

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Most of today's brief press release was devoted to trumpeting the mayor's own achievements consolidating city departments, but still, the support was there.

“Today more than ever, our country today needs the President to have the same powers to do more with less that every President from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan had, and I commend and thank President Obama for making the case so clearly today," Bloomberg said.