Mayor speaks: reactions

I didn’t think it was possible, but I think I am more angry at the mayor having seen his sorry excuse for a press conference than I was when he was in hiding for a week.

I’m sorry, but I didn’t want to hear how hard it has been for his family or for him. I wanted an apology to the citizens of Detroit and I wanted him to resign. From what I heard and saw during his 10 or 15 minute talk, I got neither. Instead, I got him telling me how much he loves his wife (great way of showing it) and how sorry he is to her, and then I got his wife saying her family doesn’t deserve to be in the spotlight with a matter like this. I’m sorry, but shouldn’t she be blaming the man who put her into this spot to begin with — the mayor himself — rather than the citizens of Detroit or the media? I am simply disgusted that after he wasted $9 million of taxpayers’ money on the whistle blower lawsuit because his ego thought he could beat it that he is going to do this again with this text message perjury investigation. Step up, Mr. Mayor, and take responsibility for your actions. For once, put the citizens of Detroit in front of your own needs.

And another thing — I’d love to know if the taxpayers are paying for Mr. Kilpatrick’s special PR people (Bob Berg) to help him through this difficult time (read: orchestrate speeches like the sorry one this evening). If anyone knows the answer to this, please speak up.

8 Comments so far

  1. Jacob (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 9:36 am

    Every society has the type of leader it deserves.got that? Good.


  2. Mundy (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    Why do we have to keep this creep in office and all his cronies. We need help here in Detroit and no one is acknowledging our needs. All that money in that law suit and possibly more in the Tamara Green murder law suit. I don’t want an apology from him I want city services. Street lights, vacant houses torn down, garbage picked up.


  3. Matt (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    Let’s put it this way:

    $9,000,000 arising from 1 lie. Divide that by 300,000 taxpaying citizens and you get $27 per taxpayer.

    Let’s compare this to the war in Iraq:

    $275 million per day;
    $4,100 per household as of 2008.

    A war based on 942 lies; yet this is back page news? Where’s that outrage.

    This little textgate issue, small peas when taken into context. Is it really worth ruining a family and taking down who is otherwise a pretty effective mayor?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am equally as disappointed in the Mayor. He should know that as mayor of a large city he is not immune from the law. And, this sets us back, big time. But, taken into context, it really is small peas.

    Shows what a cultural backwater we can create at times.


  4. Bomarsh810 (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    So Matt, what you’re saying is, if the owner of the company you work for steals your pension and/or 401k funds, if someone else steals your car THAT’S no big deal?

    Please let us know the next time you take a significant financial hit so we can come pick over your remaining possessions since you won’t care….

    There is no outrage over the Bush policies because most level headed people really don’t care. We haven’t been attacked on our soil since 9/11. If you think it has nothing to do with our presence in Iraq, you are dimmer than I already think you are.

    We get it. Our elected officials (EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM) lied to us to go to war to protect the interests of every resident of this country, legal and illegal alike; oil. I’m OK with that.

    Your political spin BS isn’t "spreading". In fact it’s having the polar opposite effect you hoped it would have. We are aware of what went on, accepted it, and have moved on. It didn’t bother us much seven years ago, and it bothers us less now. What bothers us more are imbeciles like you posting the same old tired drivel in forums that have nothing to do with it. It’s like a joke that bombs; it’s not going to magically turn funny if you just keep repeating it.

    First let’s concentrate on the problem at hand, getting a real criminal out of the Mayor’s office. THEN we can discuss any problems we might have at the Federal level.


  5. Matt (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    Wow – thanks for setting me straight, BOMARSH810. Your insults, breadth of knowledge, wit and blanket generalizations really made your point nice and clear.

    Good luck on your crusade to get the "criminal" out of office… Appears that "innocent until proven guilty" can only be selectively applied. Oh well, not going to go down the route of constitutional rights and freedoms, because it’s "political spin BS" that probably isn’t "spreading". Again, thanks for making me realize that.

    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me…"


  6. Matt (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    Wow – thanks for setting me straight, BOMARSH810. Your insults, breadth of knowledge, wit and blanket generalizations really made your point nice and clear.

    Good luck on your crusade to get the "criminal" out of office… Appears that "innocent until proven guilty" can only be selectively applied. Oh well, not going to go down the route of constitutional rights and freedoms, because it’s "political spin BS" that probably isn’t "spreading". Again, thanks for making me realize that.

    "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…"


  7. Matt (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    Wow – thanks for setting me straight, BOMARSH810. Your insults, breadth of knowledge, wit and blanket generalizations really made your point nice and clear.

    Good luck on your crusade to get the "criminal" out of office… Appears that "innocent until proven guilty" can only be selectively applied. Oh well, not going to go down the route of constitutional rights and freedoms, because it’s "political spin BS" that probably isn’t "spreading". Again, thanks for making me realize that.

    "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…"


  8. max (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    in my opinion if there are two problems, one large and one small, while focusing on trying to handle the large one you can lose track of the small one and it can then become big long before the original big one is handled resulting in two big problems. there is a White Stripes song about this scenario based on a Mort Crim speech.



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