Bostonherald.com – Mayor Thomas M. Menino is scrambling to explain his declaration that he would “blow up” struggling Detroit to fix its problems as his Motor City counterpart condemned his put-down. Menino’s comments in a New York Times interview brought a swift, strongly worded response from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase ‘blow up,’ ” Bing said in a statement. In the interview, Menino ripped Detroit’s police response time and overall blight, saying, “I’d blow up the place and start all over.” “No, seriously, when it takes a police officer 90 minutes to answer a call, there’s something wrong with the system,” Menino was quoted as saying. “Forty percent of the streetlights are out, most of the buildings are boarded up. Why? Inaction, that’s the problem — leadership.”
Bing called Menino’s remarks “extremely regrettable” and said he was “dismayed” that the Hub mayor “did not get his facts right,” denying the police department’s response time has ever been 90 minutes.
Erin Rose of the pro-Motor City news blog Positive Detroit said she was more offended for the people of Boston affected by the April marathon terror attack. “I thought it was very callous and hurtful to the people of Boston who had loved ones there that were hurt in the bombings,” Rose said. Joyce said Menino’s facts were “absolutely correct” and said he would welcome a trip to Detroit. “He would love to help them in any way possible to correct themselves,” she said. “He loves fixing complex problems and has proven in Boston that his solutions can help a city grow.”
Was that wrong? Should Menino not have said that? I didn’t even know that the things Menino says could be taken seriously. Never really seen something like this happen before. Usually he gets up there and talks like he’s full of Novocain and screws up a bunch of names and people just laugh in his face. Oh he butchered that speech? Yeah obviously, he’s Menino. That’s what he does. Guy’s superpower is sounding like an idiot. So it’s weird to see the mayor of Detroit taking this whole “blow up Detroit” thing so seriously. Hey bro, no need to get your panties in a bunch. It’s only Menino. The guy is half tard and that’s figuring conservatively. It’s like if a 5 year old kid said he wanted to blow up Detroit. You just laugh and carry on because nobody takes 5 year olds seriously. Same with Mumbles. His words don’t mean anything because most of them aren’t real words. Obviously he doesn’t really want to blow up Detroit. He’s just old and confused and trying not to fall over every two seconds. See what I’m saying Mayor Bing? Maybe don’t worry so much what an elderly man with a touch of downs says about your shithole of a sewer of an embarrassment of a city.
PS – How outrageous is it that Menino thinks he could fix Detroit? This has to be a new sitcom. Fuck Lebron’s new show. Menino should move to Detroit and become the Mayor. That would be appointment television.