9:17 am Oct. 25, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Mitt Romney is wishy-washy and President Obama shouldn't get credit for killing Osama bin Laden.
Romney "walked away from everything he did," Bloomberg told the Atlantic.
"He actually was a pretty good governor of Massachusetts, where I come from," Bloomberg continued. "I think that’s a losing strategy, to not have values."
Bloomberg's no fan of Obama either, saying his biggest success was getting elected.
"I suppose, well, you can step back and say: showing that the country has gotten beyond the ethnicity or religion or whatever of an elected official," he said. "That was a big deal."
Nor, for that matter, does Bloomberg think Obama should get credit for killing bin Laden.
"That’s like giving Harry Truman credit for dropping the bomb: any president would’ve pushed that button, any president would’ve dropped the bomb," he said. "Harry Truman stood up to Douglas MacArthur. An awful lot of people wouldn’t have done that. Harry Truman integrated the Army. A lot of people wouldn’t have done that. Harry Truman had the Marshall Plan—if in World War I we’d done that, we wouldn’t have had a World War II. But dropping the bomb, no, and I don’t think, in this case, Osama bin Laden."
All of which works, conveniently, as context for the self-styled centrist mayor's decision not to endorse either candidate publicly.
Here's the whole interview.
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