Bloombergisms: He Said What?

Bloomberg Files

Indypendent Staff Mar 2, 2020

Michael Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on carefully crafted messaging that portrays him as a thoughtful leader that Democrats can rally around only to be tripped up by his own words. Here’s a few of the highlights of what’s surfaced on the internet, in old news stories and in one case an informal company manual compiled by one of his employees.

Illustration: Gary Martin.

Farmer Mike

“I can teach anyone to be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a whole. You put a seed in. You put dirt on top. You add water. Up comes the corn.” As for working as a financial analyst “you have to have a whole lot more gray matter.”

Nov. 2016, speaking to business school students in England

Hurry Up & Die

“If you show up with prostate cancer and you’re 95 years old we should say … ‘there’s no cure, we can’t do anything.’”

— 2011, video

Fighting Communism

Speaking out against legislation before City Council to increase the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour:

“The last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR.”

— April 13, 2012, speaking on WOR Radio, his regular Friday show.

Personal Army

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.”

— Nov. 29, 2011, speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Illustration: Gary Martin.

No Regrets

Defending stop and frisk: “You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25 … that’s where the real crime is.”

— Feb. 5, 2015, speaking at the Aspen Institute.

Two To A Desk

“Double the class size with a better teacher, is a good deal for students.”

— Speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011

On Medical Marijuana

“Medical my … There’s no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all times.”

— 2007 radio interview

Advice For The Ladies

“If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.”

— From “The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,” a 32-page booklet of sayings compiled by Elisabeth DeMarse, former chief marketing officer of Bloomberg L.P.

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