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Ed Koch at 88: New York’s Still-Outspoken Ex-Mayor Holds No Grudges
The Daily Beast ^ | 01/11/13 | Lloyd Grove

Posted on 01/11/2013 10:02:27 AM PST by AtlasStalled

Now that he is 88, New York’s former three-term mayor—the star of Koch, a rollicking, warts-and-all documentary premiering this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival—has nothing holding him back. * * * “I think he’s a pompous ass,” Koch tells me about New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. * * * Koch is downright dismissive of Schumer’s junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, an upstate congresswoman when she was appointed in 2009 to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. * * * But concerning a certain former vice president, “I don’t happen to like Al Gore,” Koch confides. * * * New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, is sometimes a real “schmuck.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 01/11/2013 10:02:35 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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Even though he’s a lib, I like that guy. It would be delightful to have dinner with him.

As a comparison, I’d wash my trash can after each collection were the Obamadork/felon to be my garbage man.

2 posted on 01/11/2013 10:05:24 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: AtlasStalled
"New York’s former three-term mayor”
How does someone become a FROMER three term mayor?
I think Ed Koch is the three term former mayor.
But I was no English major so I may be wrong. After all Lloyd Grove is a professional here. Or he is an affirmative action hire.
3 posted on 01/11/2013 10:14:57 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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4 posted on 01/11/2013 10:15:48 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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Ed Koch is a liberal not a socialist. I don’t despise him as I do David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo and other NY Dems of that era. When people would call into his radio show and lament the fact that he was no longer mayor, Koch would reply “You didn’t vote for me and now you’re being punished.”

5 posted on 01/11/2013 10:18:07 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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Koch is one of the few remaining ‘decent’ Democrats, in the mold of Tip O’Neill

6 posted on 01/11/2013 10:20:46 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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Is that the Tip O'Neill with the spiral stairs in his Congress Office to the Office above. It was a bedroom where he took male pages. That Tip O'Neill? Is that what you call decent?
7 posted on 01/11/2013 10:26:26 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: AtlasStalled

Yeah, Ed Koch is that rarest of survivors, a decent liberal. And he has never fallen into self-hating Israel-bashing, like most every other liberal NY Jew.

8 posted on 01/11/2013 10:32:47 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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“Former three term mayor” implies that the current Mayor is a three term Mayor......hey, wait......
in that case it’s correct....

9 posted on 01/11/2013 10:53:50 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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10 posted on 01/11/2013 11:04:44 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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Koch is an @$$hole. He knows full well how anti Israel Bam is, yet he’s voted and supported him twice.

11 posted on 01/11/2013 11:12:27 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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Kicking Israel around

Last Updated: 3:04 AM, January 9, 2013
Posted: 1:38 AM, January 9, 2013

Notwithstanding Ed Koch’s reputation for candor, I didn’t believe my eyes when I read that Koch said he knew President Obama would “renege” on his support of Israel. Koch said his only shock was that it happened so soon, citing Obama’s nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to The Algemeiner newspaper.

Is it true? Did Koch really say that?

“I did say it,” he told me yesterday, adding he was making a point about why he had endorsed Obama, despite such misgivings.

“People don’t really change when you get to his age,” the former mayor said of Obama. “So I had no doubt that with the course of time, his new strength would weaken.”

Still, he insists, “I don’t regret supporting him. I believe it bought time . . . I’m just sorry it was so short-lived.”

Now it was my turn to be shocked. Not over the fact that Koch thinks Hagel is a disaster for America and Israel. I agree. Rather, I’m shocked that Koch is shocked at Obama.

How could he not see that the betrayal would be instant?

Except during his two campaigns, Obama consistently tilted away from Israel and toward its enemies. His uncertain policy toward Iran, which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map, has unnerved many Israelis and Americans, and his antagonistic attitude toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sealed the impression of hostility.

Koch is no stranger to Obama’s history, but takes a more pragmatic view, one leavened by the president’s personal charm in a private meeting they had.

“He’s not anti-Semitic, he’s not anti-Israel,” Koch told me. “He has a philosophy of getting Islamic nations close to the US, even if it means creating tension with Israel.”

He believed Obama would win re-election and that support would earn his views a hearing. He also credits Obama for rejecting full Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and for helping Israel during its fight with Hamas.

“He stood like an oak in support of Israel,” Koch declares.

Or maybe that was the price Obama had to pay for support in the campaign. My view is that, now that he’s got four more years, with about 65 percent of the Jewish vote, Obama’s free to stop pretending—and to nominate Hagel.

Obama didn’t pick him despite Hagel’s dovish views on Iran, hawkish views against Israel and eagerness to cut our military. He picked Hagel because of those views.

Remember what Obama told the Russians — he would have “more flexibility” once he never again had to answer to voters. Well, welcome to the Mideast Reset.
Michael Goodwin

Similarly, Obama’s choice of John Brennan to head the CIA isn’t a clumsy breach of liberal faith. The Bush administration’s use of water boarding on three murderous detainees was deemed torture by Obama, and Brennan, who was part of the Bush team, got his job in the Obama White House by claiming he had opposed water boarding.

Whatever the truth, under Obama, Brennan blessed the drone killing of hundreds of foreign fighters. So, he went from fake drowning to fatal droning, and is now considered Grade A to leftists who called Bush a Nazi.

It’s all part of the Obama double standard, where down is up — if he says so.

Elections have consequences, none more than this one. With Obama free from voter accountability and blessed with weak and divided opponents, America better be prepared for even more radical policies, sweetened with semantic fakery.

Take his priceless introduction of Hagel. “Chuck represents the bipartisan tradition that we need more of in Washington,” Obama said. That sounds like one thing but means another, because Obama’s definition of bipartisanship is when Republicans agree 100 percent with him.

Hagel, by endorsing Obama in 2008, fits the definition. Ergo, he’s bipartisan and, by picking him, Obama is, too.

And both are friends of Israel.

12 posted on 01/11/2013 11:44:18 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail .But We Did.)
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“Koch is an @$$hole. He knows full well how anti Israel Bam is, yet he’s voted and supported him twice.”

So! How does he differ from most of the Jews in NYC? The Banksters in NYC would sell gas chambers to the Germans if they could make a buck! I guess WWII isn’t even a fleeting memory in that community today!

13 posted on 01/11/2013 12:58:23 PM PST by vette6387
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