Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Boston Mayor Is in the Doghouse for Detroit Slur; "I'd Like to Go to Detroit and Blow Up the Place"

Boston Mayor Tom Menino apologized this week after infuriating residents of Detroit by saying he would like to go to that city and "blow up the place," the Raw Story website reports today (September 4, 2013).

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Menino had been asked how he would handle Detroit's bankruptcy if he were mayor.

"I'd blow up the place and start all over," Menino said. "No, seriously, when it takes a police officer 90 minutes to answer a call, there's something wrong with the system. Forty percent of the streetlights are out, most of the buildings are boarded up. Why? Inaction, that's the problem -- leadership."

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing fired back yesterday by saying he was disappointed at Menino's choice of words less than a year after the Boston Marathon bombings. He added, "I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.'"

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