New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term is coming to an end, a year removed from a summer of looting and rioting, but rather than focus on his record, media outlets are using these last few months to publish puff pieces on things like de Blasio’s daily routines.
Politico’s Ruby Cramer spent a lot of time putting together a lengthy piece on the subject of Mayor de Blasio’s afternoon walk, in which she described in detail how he enjoys grabbing a hot dog after being chauffeured to his preferred walking location.
“The mayor likes to walk in the middle of the day,” Cramer begins the article. “Preferably around 2:30 p.m. This is the best time, when the sun has traveled across Prospect Park.”
As the end draws near on de Blasio’s run as the mayor of The Big Apple, Cramer notes that “the mayor, the local press agrees, appears to be finally having fun in his job.”
“He is doing daily morning press conferences that take odd and irreverent turns,” she goes on. “He is riding the Cyclone at Coney Island, visiting the top of the Empire State Building, eating on camera, enjoying the city.”
The incredible photos in this piece are by Sarah Blesener: pic.twitter.com/7bbPOqdCXf
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) June 22, 2021
Cramer briefly addresses a few of the hiccups during de Blasio’s term, citing “petty battles” with Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as the increase in crime, and the response to COVID-19, to name a few.
“The question is: Did the things we started,” de Blasio says in regards to his policies, “did they prove to continue to work and be meaningful, and I think they will. I think they’re going to have a long life, these ideas. And I’m at peace with it.”
The reactions to the published article have largely been on the side of mocking Politico for even putting out such a piece on a mayor whose city was devastated by COVID-19, as well as violent riots and protests led by the Black Lives Matter organization.
Some social media users questioned if the piece was satire, while others made fun of the fact that de Blasio has to have his driver take him to his walking location.
Is this satire? My god it’s an awful piece on an awful person……
— FeedJake14 (@FeedJake14) June 22, 2021
People are really gonna miss this guy. How are the Nets doing in the playoffs? I hope they win. pic.twitter.com/HA0Ll204k0
— Levi Dein (@Ldein) June 22, 2021
I puked when I reached “magical.”
— Steve W (@stevew78750587) June 22, 2021
“I let the job tighten me.”
How so? He barely showed up for work between 2019 and 2020 because he was so busy running for President. That was part of the problem.
— Art Skye (@therealartskye) June 22, 2021
Is this where he goes to ignore the rising crime rate?
— No. Just no. (@kellyjsox) June 22, 2021
The piece ends with Cramer going into detail about a tree stump that had been removed, and how devastated that left the mayor.
“’It was like one of those weeks when things were going wrong and everything. We were still far from out of Covid. I said, I gotta brace you for this.’ He didn’t want her [his wife] to see it without warning. ‘She’s a very sane, mature person. But she was sad.’”
One more photo from the de Blasio walk: This is the marriage stump that died of Hypoxylon canker last year. “I went one day in the middle of Covid and everything was horrible and I’m walking by my tree for solace and my tree’s not there anymore!” Still magnificent as stumps go: pic.twitter.com/oHvFnO6ijH
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) June 22, 2021
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