Leaders of the Irish-American community on Thursday harshly criticized Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for invoking a stereotype about drunkenness at a reception honoring the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.Wouldn't you think that experienced politicians like Bloomberg might wander up to the podium at an event like this, repeating a mantra in their head: "Don't-mention-the-drink...Don't-mention-the-drink...Don't-mention-the-drink..."
Mr. Bloomberg, speaking extemporaneously at the American Irish Historical Society on Wednesday night, joked that he was used to seeing “people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window” at the society.
“I know, that’s a stereotype of the Irish, but nevertheless, we Jews from around the corner think this,” Mr. Bloomberg added. (The society’s headquarters are a short stroll from Mr. Bloomberg’s town house on the Upper East Side.)
The mayor’s comments elicited a mixture of laughter, boos and moans from the crowd of 100 or so. A report in Irish Central, an Irish-American news site, said the audience was “astonished.”
If I may add: I've been past the Irish American Irish Irish Hysterical American Irish Society on more than one St Patrick's Day, and indeed, there were people outside and in the windows who were indeed doing a fair impression of Joxer Daly.
[Pause for laughter at the whole silly affair] Bwaahhhhaahahhhaa!
Maybe the Mayor was... y'know... maybe he'd been supping at the...