Sunday, February 06, 2011

The life of a politician

Good cop:

In Mr. Bloomberg’s initial announcement, however, he said that all city nonemergency offices would be closed that day.

“New York City almost never takes a snow day, but today is one of those rare days,” Mr. Bloomberg said, warning of extensive subway delays, the suspension of bus service and dangerous driving conditions. “People should stay at home and off the roads.”

Bad cop:

“As you know,” the commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Edna Wells Handy, wrote in a memo to all city agency heads, “city employees were requested to make every effort to overcome transportation difficulties caused by the January 26-27, 2011 snowstorm and report to work.” The memo made no mention of the mayor’s earlier statement about the closing of nonemergency offices.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you look good to the voters while still cracking the whip on your underlings.

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