Attention Out-of-Towners: Don’t Feel Bad for Mayor Menino, He’s Back To Normal

This is for you visitors to our city who have the TV turned on to the local news as you bend over bare-ass around the hotel room looking for the clean underwear you could have sworn you packed.

Yes my friends this is our mayor in the best of times. Never judge a book and all that.

While you may think this poor man returning home after an eight week hospital stay appears to have suffered some affliction related to oxygen and blood and the brain and head trauma stuff and appreciate-what-you-have moment.

You may think it’s wonders what medical science can do

And yes, you may think that our city much maligned for being impersonal and rude  has a unique Mayberryesque quality where the people rally around a well-liked mayor whose ability to communicate was knocked out by the medical equivalent of Hurricane Sandy.

Not to mention unknown diminished mental capacity that reasonable people question when they see such serious loss of speech.

Well fear not my visiting amigos. The guy you see on the news tonight is exactly the same guy we elected.

Yup, now I’m not saying he looked this fit a few weeks ago. Why his appearance with Keith Lockhart reminded many of Kramer with Mel Torme.

What’s that you say?

No, no this is not his first term.  Actually he may be running for a sixth four year term?

Say again?

No, not that I know of. Why I’d put money against that and say he’s not too much smarter than the average man with a city job.

Huh?

No, he’s not a lucky sperm kid. No family money.

No, his wife’s not from money either.

What?

Nope, he’s the first in his family to go into politics. No machine behind him?

No, few have tried yet nobody has come close. He routinely wallops anyone who takes him on.

No, there’s no diagnosis. He ain’t no Fred Berry if that’s what you mean.

No, he’s not one of those Boston Latin/ Harvard kids. Did I mention he’s no brighter than most walking in and out of city hall every day?

Good.

Oh sure he will, he’ll get elected again. If he wants. And why wouldn’t he? Look at him. Just as the doctor ordered.

That’s our mayor.

His secret?

There’s no secret.

He’s basically a good guy, who’s honest and works like a son-of-a-bitch.

Now that’s a lesson learned just as important as the ones taught on the Freedom Trail

 



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  1. What's the DeLeo Explanation?

    That was a sweet, “glad you’re feeling better” note to Mayor Menino…..touching closing…..very touching. Seriously, I felt all red, white and blue reading the last two sentences.

    Now that you have explained Mayor Menino, curiosity screams for a clue…..what is the explanation to explain the likes of Bob DeLeo?

    • Not sure what...

      you’re referring to heartland

      eb3-fka-ernie-boch-iii   @   Fri 4 Jan 9:40 PM
      • Very sweet words

        That’s our mayor.

        His secret?

        There’s no secret.

        He’s basically a good guy, who’s honest and works like a son-of-a-bitch.

        Now that’s a lesson learned just as important as the ones taught on the Freedom Trail

  2. 4 More Years

    He’s basically a good guy, who’s honest and works like a son-of-a-bitch.

    No need to say anymore.

  3. One qualification Ernie, if I might...

    No, he’s not one of those Boston Latin/ Harvard kids. Did I mention he’s no brighter than most walking in and out of city hall every day?

    I differ.

    Like Ray Flynn before him, the Mayor is consistently underestimated.

    In fact, going back to the 1976 Pennsylvania presidential primary, when he worked for Jimmy Carter, Tom Menino – outside of Massachusetts – has been considered in-house as arguably the best Democratic field politician of his generation.(Joe Timilty got the credit up here, but Menino did the work and beat the Mayor of Philadelphia in his own city.)

    I still remember how he created a conditional field organization in all twenty-two Boston wards (“If Ray doesn’t run, will you support me?”) back in 1992, even before he became President of the City Council.

    Accidental Mayor, my ass; the Duke of Readville is as bright as you get in the business.

    • There are different kinds of genius

      And Mayor Menino is a political genius (and an understanding-people genius). Agree with you, paulsimmons. That may not be related to nuclear physics genius or writing poetry genius, but so?

    • Flynn can't be underestimated enough.

      Ray Flynn is a historical footnote, wedged between two giants. I think his “umbrella holding” episode as ambassador to the Vatican is an apt metaphor for comparing his terms as mayor to those of Kevin White and Tom Menino.

      • Flynn was the Right Guy at the Right Time

        Post Busing. He was needed because he went right into all the neighborhoods when there was real distrust and negativity.

        eb3-fka-ernie-boch-iii   @   Sat 5 Jan 10:56 PM
      • I'm with Ernie on this one.

        Flynn was an anti-racist blue-collar populist at a time when the City desperately needed one.

        His ambassadorial and post-ambassadorial careers were, alas, a collective example of agency capture, which doesn’t contradict the real work he did as Mayor.

        There was more support for working-class communities in Boston during his terms as Mayor than there was before or since.

        • Re: Menino

          I have yet to meet a Bostonian who has not personally interacted with him one way or the other, hell I’m from Cambridge and a good number of my family and friends have interacted with Hizzoner one way or the other. Hhen he finally leaves (hopefully voluntarily and not because he was voted out or carted out of City Hall), it will mark the end of an era. I had the great pleasure of working with and for Richie Daley who said to me point blank when I said I was from the Boston area ‘Bloomberg gets all the press but Tom is THE force against guns in our cities, and next to me the best Mayor in the country”. He is recognized as the giant he is among his peers. We will have a lot of Booker, Bloomberg, and Emmanuel ‘corporate managers’ to contend with from now on, but Tom is the last of the ward heelers and might be the best there ever was.

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