Bloomy: Obama Doesn't 'Get Paid That Much'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 12:07 PM CDT
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reelection campaign has been peppered with what one would call gaffes if talking about VP Joe Biden.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg added to a growing store of off-the-cuff comments yesterday when he defended the Obamas’ theater outing to his Big Apple by saying the president “lives on a budget,” the Times reports. Obama, who makes $400,000 a year, “does not get paid that much,” Bloomberg continued, before clarifying his comments. “The president is worth a lot more than we pay him.”

The Obama comments follow other Bloomy gems like “we love the rich,” calling a reporter “a disgrace” for questioning his unprecedented run for a third term, and telling tots to suck it up and deal with burning hot playground mats. “If it’s hot, don’t sit on it,” Hizzoner told those who complained. “He does not try out phrases,” a former aide said. Chimed in the mayor: “I am 67 years old. I am who I am.”