Since his days as our Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has been doing his best to stay busy. Earlier this year he reinserted himself at Bloomberg LP, he funded an African media initiative, and now he’s taking on the NRA. This is a man who doesn’t enjoy idle hands.
According to the New York Times, Bloomberg is dedicating $50 million to motivate gun control advocates to not only vote, but to punish those who don’t support their cause, much like the NRA does. It’s a valiant plan, and Bloomberg knows it. In fact, while we love the idea, it’s Bloomberg’s self-love that is endearing and hilarious at the same time.
When the Times asked Bloomberg if his image as a rich, former Mayor of New York who banned such American staples as too much salt and gigantic soft drinks, he was nonplussed.
“I don’t know what your perception is of our reputation, and mine, the name Bloomberg around the country,” Bloomberg told the Times. “[But everywhere I go I hear] ‘You’re a rock star.’ People yelling out of cabs, ‘Hey, way to go!'” Rock star? Way to go? Seriously? We’d love to live inside Bloomberg’s head for just one day. What a wondrous world that must be.
Bloomberg wasn’t done there. He reminded us that he’s doing amazing things, and that’s that. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed,” the former Mayor explained. “I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
It’s definitely not close.