Mike Bloomberg Insults the "Inebriated Irish"; the Inebriated Irish Are Angry

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Mayor Bloomberg has been putting his foot in his mouth all over the place lately. First, he calls Staten Island Chuck a "son of a bitch." Then he messes with the Irish. Via the New York Times City Room blog, Irish-American community leaders are pissed (in the mad way) because last night at the American Irish Historical Society Bloomberg "joked" that he was accustomed to the sight of "inebriated Irish hanging out the windows" at the society. Ooh. Not kosher.

The people in attendance apparently booed, and the chair of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, John Dunleavy, asked the mayor to apologize. Even Christine Quinn is mad!

"In this day and age for the mayor of the city of New York to make comments like that is outrageous and totally uncalled for," Mr. Dunleavy said. "He wouldn't make a joke about any other ethnic group."

Bloomberg then tried to backpedal:

"It's traditional to hang out the window and yell and scream, and it's all in good fun," Mr. Bloomberg said. "I certainly didn't mean anything that anybody should take offense to."

True! We very much enjoy tossing back a few pints, hanging out of windows, and screaming and yelling...and we're only partially Irish! Frankly, the only thing really wrong with doing any of that is not owning it. And, of course, falling out of a window. That would be bad.

Irish Eyes Not Smiling Over Bloomberg Remark [NYT]

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richard coyne
richard coyne

hi, when an irish singer made a harmless joke about two 'scary jewish ladies'(whats worse?scary or drunk ?) they were able to get him fired from singing "GOD BLESS AMERICA"at yankee stadium .persecuted him to the point that he had to leave new york.he was the one who performed at benefits and memorial services for NY FINEST AND BRAVEST and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the 9/11tragedy.so !with all this talk about"oh! it really is ok".well ! why did you ruin this mans life?see the difference.

Donny Moss
Donny Moss

Christine Quinn couldn't care less about Bloomberg's remarks. She's just using this mini-scandal to distance herself from the increasingly unpopular Mayor with who she has aligned herself for years - abusing her power as Speaker to advance his agenda, such as extending term limits, in the City Council.

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