Bloomberg: 'I Regret Everything in the World'

Sarcastic mayor pleads for patience with storm cleanup
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2010 5:35 PM CST
A woman walks past a New York City bus stuck in the snow in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Rough day for Mayor Bloomberg, who faced the media to plead for patience with storm cleanup. He was at various times "chastened" (Daily News), "testy" (New York Post), "conciliatory" (New York Times) and even sarcastic—as when he replied, "I regret everything in the world" after being pressed on the city's response amid mounting criticism. Scores of streets remain unplowed, and the mayor said he couldn't guarantee crews would get to them in the next 24 hours.

"This storm is not like any other we’ve had to deal with,” he said. “We are doing everything we possibly can.” At another point, he interrupted a question to say, "I'm angry, too." The overall tone was a marked contrast to yesterday's news conference, notes the Times, the one in which he declared: “The world has not come to an end. The city is going fine.” Click here to see street crews destroy a Ford Explorer, and not on purpose.

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