Mayor Bloomberg hosted his annual Iftar dinner at Gracie mansion this evening, August 24, 2010 at 8 PM.
And his speech to those in attendance (and to the suckered press) continues to shows how little respect he has for the articulate and NON-RACIST protests of his constituents. No matter how they arguments are parsed, in Bloomberg-Town, if you don’t march to his drummer, you are UN-American. Period.
Bloombergs opening remarks, ” We call this ‘The People’s House’ because it belongs to all 8.4 million New Yorkers who call this city home. People of every race and religion, every background and belief. We celebrate that diversity here in this house with gatherings like this.
And for me, whether it’s marking St. Patrick’s Day or Harlem Week or any other occasion, these gatherings are always a powerful reminder of what makes our city so strong and our country so great.
America is a nation of immigrants, and no place opens its doors more widely to the world than New York City. America is the land of opportunity, and no place offers its residents more opportunity to pursue their dreams than New York City. America is beacon of freedom, and no place defends those freedoms more fervently, or has been attacked for those freedoms more ferociously, than New York City.” His entire speech, if you can stomach it, is posted here>>. Otherwise, just jump to this next bon mot.
Bloomberg continued to exhibit how solidly he has been bought when he said , “Islam did not attack the World Trade Center — Al-Qaeda did. To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American. Today we are not at war with Islam — we are at war with Al-Qaeda and other extremists who hate freedom.”
The press seemed to have left Bloomberg’s ’emotional’ speech as teary-eyed as Daisy “I was almost in tears” Kahn
and Sharif “He touches my heart” El-Gamal.
(The Imam is still out of the country fund-raising for the mosque on OUR TAX DOLLAR. So no weepy thank yous from him this evening) NY 1 has short video here
OUT side the dinner, the press actually decided to do some interviews with the protestors.
The impromptu protest was small because the information about the Iftar dinner was sent out with only about 90minutes notice, but the press did take the time to approach them with a few questions, even though they can’t bear to alter their pre-ordained observations.
They remained stuck-on-stupid with , ” How far is far enough to build this mosque/community center” and “Why are you blaming all Muslims for 9-11.”
A slide show of the protest and the press :Vodpod videos no longer available.
Otherwise, Bloomberg is going to get us all murdered…
JOIN US when we do a shout-out to Mayor Bloomberg and company. 9-11 at 3 PM