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NYC mayor, foot in mouth, offends Irish

New York Times / February 11, 2011

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NEW YORK — The gathering was meant to be a carefree celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. But it took a different tone when Mayor Michael Bloomberg made some off-the-cuff remarks.

Speaking at the American Irish Historical Society on Wednesday night, he said he was used to seeing “people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window’’ at the society. “I know, that’s a stereotype of the Irish,’’ Bloomberg added, “but nevertheless, we Jews from around the corner think this.’’

The comments elicited laughter, boos, and moans. John Dunleavy, chairman of the parade, said the words were outrageous.

The mayor, no stranger to putting his foot in his mouth, offered a formal apology, explaining he was referring to the society’s annual party. “It’s traditional to hang out the window and yell and scream, and it’s all in good fun,’’ he said.

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