Fun To Watch: Al Roker Takes Down Bill De Blasio’s Attempt To Shift Blame

The spanking that Al Roker gave Bill De Blasio is more than just funny; it illustrates an ongoing problem in politics. The people who win and hold office are super competent at recruiting financial backers (by promising to use their influence for them) and then winning popularity contests. These strengths don’t require real competence, just a reputation for it. Naturally, some of these people have become successful by getting into the habit of shifting blame.

But that does not always work.

So when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had to defend his response to the weather, he claimed he was not given accurate information. It was all someone else’s fault, of course. According to Politico.com:

The NBC meteorologist and “Today” show host took New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to task on Thursday for criticizing the National Weather Service, tweeting that the mayor’s “poor policy” was to blame for the city’s snow response.

Roker was responding to a press conference de Blasio held Thursday morning into the afternoon defending his administration’s snow response amid the winter storm snarling much of the East Coast.

Roker was angry that de Blasio claimed the snow surprised them, and that the National Weather Service had not warned them of how fast or hard it would be.

 

He was also angry that they had kept the schools open, and then called for early release. Roker thought they should have closed the schools down for the day.

 

 

De Blasio, realizing he was in a corner, simply insisted that he had been right and claimed the National Weather Service agreed with him that the snow was heavier than expected.

Maybe.

But it doesn’t make much sense to me that Al Roker would launch a twitter attack without having some good reason to think his point of view could be substantiated. And it is hard to listen to de Blasio argue that nothing is his fault without thinking of the way that Obama has talked about healthcare.gov, Obamacare, and a host of other things.

The politicians always insist they are trustworthy, but they only appear trustworthy if you trust them when they make excuses.