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2013-01-25 01:40:22 PM
I think that I like this guy.
 
2013-01-25 01:41:38 PM
I look forward to our second black President.
 
2013-01-25 01:44:06 PM

Blues_X: I think that I like this guy.


Most people do.  Last time I saw approve/disapprove on him he had a 6% disapproval rating.  Runs Newark like an open city and has done a fantastic job of it.
 
2013-01-25 01:46:37 PM

serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.


seriously.  you can't pay for that kind of publicity.  rescuing a dog from the cold after reading a tweet, damn.
 
2013-01-25 01:47:16 PM

GAT_00: Blues_X: I think that I like this guy.

Most people do.  Last time I saw approve/disapprove on him he had a 6% disapproval rating.  Runs Newark like an open city and has done a fantastic job of it.


Which, if you know Newark, is no small feat.

And that brings me to the point I was originally going to make:  For as much as I like him, finding heroic things to do in Newark is like shooting fish in a barrel.
 
2013-01-25 01:48:25 PM

GAT_00: Blues_X: I think that I like this guy.

Most people do.  Last time I saw approve/disapprove on him he had a 6% disapproval rating.  Runs Newark like an open city and has done a fantastic job of it.


Much newer Quinnipiac poll not only gives Booker a 51-30 lead over a sitting Senator, but also puts his approvals at 54/16/29, and he's in positive territory even with Republicans by 12 points.
 
2013-01-25 01:57:56 PM
I'm ok with this guy being pres in 2024 or something.
 
2013-01-25 02:08:28 PM

serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.


I've voted for Obama twice. I can't go back to voting for white guys.
 
2013-01-25 02:10:45 PM
Suck it, Lautenberg!
 
2013-01-25 02:18:27 PM

JerseyTim: Suck it, Lautenberg!


Yeah, his comment that Booker needed spanked, and yeah he actually said that, and that Booker hadn't done much for Newark kind of backfired I think.
 
2013-01-25 02:37:03 PM
I see the Newark Booker signal is functioning well.
 
2013-01-25 02:38:10 PM
The more I see from this cat, this more I like him.

Maybe we can, I dunno, clone him and have him run all the coastal cities?

Or set up some kind of Cory Booker/Krysten Sinema breeding program.

You know, for Sciene.
 
2013-01-25 02:41:26 PM

Drunken_Empath: You know, for Sciene.


s/Sciene/Science/

siiiiiigh. Need moar coffee, apparently.
 
2013-01-25 02:43:18 PM
Cory Booker conquered ice when he saved the dog from the freezing cold.
Cory Booker conquered fire when he saved a woman from a burning home.
Cory Booker conquered wind when he gave people shelter, delivered food, diapers, and blankets during Sandy.

I'm guessing there's an earthquake in Newark's not-to-distant future.
 
2013-01-25 02:44:32 PM

penthesilea: Cory Booker conquered ice when he saved the dog from the freezing cold.
Cory Booker conquered fire when he saved a woman from a burning home.
Cory Booker conquered wind when he gave people shelter, delivered food, diapers, and blankets during Sandy.

I'm guessing there's an earthquake in Newark's not-to-distant future.


Are you insinuating that Cory Booker is the Avatar?
 
2013-01-25 02:48:49 PM
As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."
 
2013-01-25 02:58:37 PM
I glad he's looking at being Senator instead of Governor because no one is beating Christie. I feel bad for the token (D) that's gonna got shellacked.
 
2013-01-25 03:18:45 PM

serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.


And our second gay one as well.
 
2013-01-25 03:26:25 PM

Drunken_Empath: penthesilea: Cory Booker conquered ice when he saved the dog from the freezing cold.
Cory Booker conquered fire when he saved a woman from a burning home.
Cory Booker conquered wind when he gave people shelter, delivered food, diapers, and blankets during Sandy.

I'm guessing there's an earthquake in Newark's not-to-distant future.

Are you insinuating that Cory Booker is the Avatar?


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-25 03:31:27 PM
Christie and Booker having some fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHN0ZeS5c-4
 
2013-01-25 03:31:47 PM
www.inquisitr.com

Christie / Booker 2016?
 
2013-01-25 03:31:58 PM

Diogenes: GAT_00: Blues_X: I think that I like this guy.

Most people do.  Last time I saw approve/disapprove on him he had a 6% disapproval rating.  Runs Newark like an open city and has done a fantastic job of it.

Which, if you know Newark, is no small feat.

And that brings me to the point I was originally going to make:  For as much as I like him, finding heroic things to do in Newark is like shooting fish in a barrel.


As someone who travels through Newark twice a day on my way to NYC, I see the turn around that is happening all the time. All the old factory buildings being torn down, new housing being put.. it's really coming along and he has a lot to do with it. Good man.

/also travel up to the Ironbound a bit for the restaurants
 
2013-01-25 03:32:13 PM
Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched in the warm comfort of his home.
 
2013-01-25 03:34:51 PM
I hope he'll be President one day; I like the guy.  I don't care that's he black, but he's young, he can engage people, and he doesn't seem like an asshole.  We need more people like that in the White House, regardless of their party affiliation.
 
2013-01-25 03:37:32 PM

Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."


Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?
 
Bf+
2013-01-25 03:37:55 PM
Was it a tweet or the batman signal?
 
2013-01-25 03:39:56 PM
OMG a puppy!

I'm totally going to shut off my brain and vote for this bank whore!
 
2013-01-25 03:43:40 PM

JerseyTim: Suck it, Lautenberg!


I'd consider moving back to Jersey, just to get Booker into that old bastard's senate seat.
 
2013-01-25 03:44:58 PM

Coco LaFemme: I hope he'll be President one day; I like the guy. I don't care that's he black, but he's young, he can engage people, and he doesn't seem like an asshole. We need more people like that in the White House, regardless of their party affiliation.


I feel like he's genuine, as well. I mean, in a world where many elected officials seem to actively hate portions of, if not all of, their constituents, I can see how he may come off as someone just doing things for publicity. I just don't get the feeling that he is in it for the free PR. I think he enjoys helping people, and has a little fun with it. If you follow his Twitter, you can see that.
 
2013-01-25 03:48:48 PM

Lochsteppe: Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."

Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?


I believe it's just plain ol' jealousy.
 
2013-01-25 03:56:46 PM

Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."


I'm glad someone sees through this shiat.

A vote for Booker is a vote to end Social Security and public education.
 
2013-01-25 03:57:05 PM
Corey Booker is, frankly, leading.

This is what leading looks like.

And this is how you build leadership credibility. There is nothing this man will not do for his community, and therefore all those who work for him feel pressure to perform to a higher standard themselves.
 
2013-01-25 03:57:44 PM
I'm pretty cynical, and even if he just does these things for publicity he is still doing them, and actively engaging the electorate. Would love to see mo politicians step up like this.

// not sure I've ever even seen my mayor.
 
2013-01-25 04:01:54 PM

Lochsteppe: Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."

Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?


No, I didn't post in the article.  And I'm glad people in Newark like him.  If I lived in Newark, I might even vote for him.  But every article I read about him leaves me with the abiding conviction that he cares more about making himself look good than he does about actually helping the people in his city.  I hope I'm wrong -- if he really IS that good a person, he's the biggest altruist to be elected to politics maybe ever.  As it is the whole twitter feed thing strikes me as AWing and not much more.
 
2013-01-25 04:04:48 PM

ghare: Lochsteppe: Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."

Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?

I believe it's just plain ol' jealousy.


No, it isn't jealousy.  I do not care to hold political office.  I do not care to be Twitter famous. Or TFamous.  Or any other kind of famous.  And I certainly don't ever want to move back to New Jersey.  I *do* care about being a good husband and a good father, and a good co-worker to the people on my team at my office.  If not a single person outside those groups ever comes to know about how I've lived me life, I'm fine with that.    If I ever get a chance to rescue a dog from the cold, I'll be perfectly content if only the dog and I know about it.
 
2013-01-25 04:05:29 PM
I know I say this in every Cory Booker thread, but he's got NO CHANCE at ever being elected President of the United States. And I like the guy and will gladly for him to be my Senator.
 
2013-01-25 04:07:10 PM

spicyed: I'm pretty cynical, and even if he just does these things for publicity he is still doing them, and actively engaging the electorate. Would love to see mo politicians step up like this.

// not sure I've ever even seen my mayor.


As much as I think he's motivated by pandering to the masses for good PR to get re-elected, I absolutely agree with this.  If we assume that we live in a world that needs politicians, the least they can do is buy free press through helping people in little ways.
 
2013-01-25 04:09:57 PM

Warthog: Lochsteppe: Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."

Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?

No, I didn't post in the article.  And I'm glad people in Newark like him.  If I lived in Newark, I might even vote for him.  But every article I read about him leaves me with the abiding conviction that he cares more about making himself look good than he does about actually helping the people in his city.  I hope I'm wrong -- if he really IS that good a person, he's the biggest altruist to be elected to politics maybe ever.  As it is the whole twitter feed thing strikes me as AWing and not much more.


So would you rather have someone doing positive things in order to get attention for doing those positive things, or someone not doing anything and grousing about all the negative things going on?

At the end of the day, if the guy has realized that he can get the attention he wants by helping his fellow man, more power to him - the end result is still him helping out his fellow man (or dog, in this case.)

Personally, I like Booker. Not sure on the comment about Booker on social security. Everything I've seen of him points to wanting to strengthen our social safety nets, not to get rid of them, but I'm not from Jersey.
 
2013-01-25 04:09:58 PM

Warthog: If I ever get a chance to rescue a dog from the cold, I'll be perfectly content if only the dog and I know about it.


So brave.
 
2013-01-25 04:15:48 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: As someone who travels through Newark twice a day on my way to NYC, I see the turn around that is happening all the time. All the old factory buildings being torn down, new housing being put.. it's really coming along and he has a lot to do with it. Good man.

/also travel up to the Ironbound a bit for the restaurants


Just wait until Prudential building is done and they bring their headquarters to Newark as planned. The place is going to be the modern day version of Hoboken or waterfront of Jersey City.
 
2013-01-25 04:17:48 PM

Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."


Gee. I can't imagine why your submission wasn't greened. Based on what you've written here, I'm sure it was quite the "bon mot." I'm super cereal.
 
2013-01-25 04:19:56 PM
EighthDay:

So would you rather have someone doing positive things in order to get attention for doing those positive things, or someone not doing anything and grousing about all the negative things going on?

At the end of the day, if the guy has realized that he can get the attention he wants by helping his fellow man, more power to him - the end result is still him helping out his fellow man (or dog, in this case.)



Of course having the person doing the positive things is preferable.  But is he out getting attention for doing little positive things (like rescuing dogs and cats) because he can't make headway on bigger things like Newark's crime rate, or teen pregnancy rate, or general urban blight?

I don't know the answer to that question, but it seems odd that a person who runs a major urban area has so much time for twitter and driving around the neighborhoods.  Is he also devoting the time he should be to the much harder, deeper problems confronting Newark?  If he's taking on the big issues AND the little issues, then maybe the guy really is a modern-day saint.   I left Jersey 10 years ago, so I've not followed things up there in great detail.  Is Booker actually making Newark a better place for everyone, or is he just finding ways to do good things for random individuals and then getting press for them?
 
2013-01-25 04:24:45 PM

Warthog: EighthDay:

So would you rather have someone doing positive things in order to get attention for doing those positive things, or someone not doing anything and grousing about all the negative things going on?

At the end of the day, if the guy has realized that he can get the attention he wants by helping his fellow man, more power to him - the end result is still him helping out his fellow man (or dog, in this case.)


Of course having the person doing the positive things is preferable.  But is he out getting attention for doing little positive things (like rescuing dogs and cats) because he can't make headway on bigger things like Newark's crime rate, or teen pregnancy rate, or general urban blight?

I don't know the answer to that question, but it seems odd that a person who runs a major urban area has so much time for twitter and driving around the neighborhoods.  Is he also devoting the time he should be to the much harder, deeper problems confronting Newark?  If he's taking on the big issues AND the little issues, then maybe the guy really is a modern-day saint.   I left Jersey 10 years ago, so I've not followed things up there in great detail.  Is Booker actually making Newark a better place for everyone, or is he just finding ways to do good things for random individuals and then getting press for them?


I get it - you're just asking questions, right?
 
2013-01-25 04:25:59 PM

Warthog: EighthDay:

So would you rather have someone doing positive things in order to get attention for doing those positive things, or someone not doing anything and grousing about all the negative things going on?

At the end of the day, if the guy has realized that he can get the attention he wants by helping his fellow man, more power to him - the end result is still him helping out his fellow man (or dog, in this case.)


Of course having the person doing the positive things is preferable.  But is he out getting attention for doing little positive things (like rescuing dogs and cats) because he can't make headway on bigger things like Newark's crime rate, or teen pregnancy rate, or general urban blight?

I don't know the answer to that question, but it seems odd that a person who runs a major urban area has so much time for twitter and driving around the neighborhoods.  Is he also devoting the time he should be to the much harder, deeper problems confronting Newark?  If he's taking on the big issues AND the little issues, then maybe the guy really is a modern-day saint.   I left Jersey 10 years ago, so I've not followed things up there in great detail.  Is Booker actually making Newark a better place for everyone, or is he just finding ways to do good things for random individuals and then getting press for them?


He's done good for the city, even outside of his PR antics, but he needs to be kept far away from higher office. He's a Wall Street privatizer at his core.
 
2013-01-25 04:27:41 PM
I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.
 
2013-01-25 04:29:07 PM

BMulligan: Warthog: EighthDay:

So would you rather have someone doing positive things in order to get attention for doing those positive things, or someone not doing anything and grousing about all the negative things going on?

At the end of the day, if the guy has realized that he can get the attention he wants by helping his fellow man, more power to him - the end result is still him helping out his fellow man (or dog, in this case.)


Of course having the person doing the positive things is preferable.  But is he out getting attention for doing little positive things (like rescuing dogs and cats) because he can't make headway on bigger things like Newark's crime rate, or teen pregnancy rate, or general urban blight?

I don't know the answer to that question, but it seems odd that a person who runs a major urban area has so much time for twitter and driving around the neighborhoods.  Is he also devoting the time he should be to the much harder, deeper problems confronting Newark?  If he's taking on the big issues AND the little issues, then maybe the guy really is a modern-day saint.   I left Jersey 10 years ago, so I've not followed things up there in great detail.  Is Booker actually making Newark a better place for everyone, or is he just finding ways to do good things for random individuals and then getting press for them?

I get it - you're just asking questions, right?


Yes, I am.  He strikes me as a shallow, self-aggrandizing career politician who focuses on easy / cheap PR, and I've seen nothing in the press to suggest he's made bigger picture contributions to his city on issues that require harder work or engaging in contentiousness.  Do you have examples of any?  Because if you do I'd be prepared to revisit my opinion of him.
 
2013-01-25 04:30:04 PM

clambam: I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.


Given his track record, it really isn't. If you follow him on twitter, he's always taking the time to listen to people and give honest answers.
 
2013-01-25 04:31:13 PM

TonnageVT: clambam: I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.

Given his track record, it really isn't. If you follow him on twitter, he's always taking the time to listen to people and give honest answers.


That's my question.  What has he done other than answer his fan mail on Twitter (and get driven around the city during natural disasters)?
 
2013-01-25 04:37:00 PM

talulahgosh: serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.

seriously.  you can't pay for that kind of publicity.  rescuing a dog from the cold after reading a tweet, damn.


This is after he ran into a burning house and carried out an old woman to save her life.

As long as he doesn't get busted, say, having an affair with his secretary or frequenting high priced hookers like Elliot Spitzer, this guy could go very very far.

And he's relatively young. Assuming he sits out the 2016 presidential election because he'd have to go up against Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, or Andy Cuomo, he'll only be about 56 years old in 2024.
 
2013-01-25 04:38:23 PM

TonnageVT: Just wait until Prudential building is done and they bring their headquarters to Newark as planned. The place is going to be the modern day version of Hoboken or waterfront of Jersey City.


I just looked that up because I didn't know about it. Over near Military Park

How many stories?
 
2013-01-25 04:40:38 PM

Warthog: hat's my question.  What has he done other than answer his fan mail on Twitter (and get driven around the city during natural disasters)?


For starters:

"Murders dropped 36% in Newark - from 105 to 67 - from 2006 to 2008. Shooting incidents dropped 41%. Rapes fell 30%, and auto thefts 26%. Newark went 43 days without a homicide in early 2008, the city's longest such stretch in 48 years. In the first quarter of this year, Newark had its lowest number of homicides since 1959."

Source: /a>

There's been an overall trending down in violent crime in the US over the last generation, but numbers like that are big and important.

I'm just skimming his Wiki and going to the primary articles, so take that as you will.

Not sure I'm a huge fan of some of his policies and ideas, but I really don't come away with the feeling that the only reason he does anything is for the press. I think he actually cares and is doing what he feels is best for his community, and I respect the hell out of that
 
2013-01-25 04:41:33 PM

Warthog: TonnageVT: clambam: I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.

Given his track record, it really isn't. If you follow him on twitter, he's always taking the time to listen to people and give honest answers.

That's my question.  What has he done other than answer his fan mail on Twitter (and get driven around the city during natural disasters)?


Dropped Newark's crime rate to the best since 1941 as well as apprehended 11 of the 12 most wanted felons, dropped it's budget deficit from 180mil to 73mil, brought in Panasonic to move its headquarters to it's new Panasonic tower in Newark, built the Prudential Center as well as 25 other development projects that created jobs...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker#First_term
 
2013-01-25 04:41:58 PM
Dammit. Thought I got all my tags in.
 
2013-01-25 04:43:50 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: I just looked that up because I didn't know about it. Over near Military Park

How many stories?


It's only 12 stories, 10 of which will be occupied by Panasonic. And it's Panasonic, not Prudential, Prudential is already in Newark.
 
2013-01-25 04:48:12 PM
I really like Cory Booker. And I've talked with him. I started following him on twitter and was just amazed at the guy...and immediately I was skeptical/cynical. Did some digging, and really just kept loving what I saw. Did more digging...same. When I had a chance to speak with him, he was gracious, kind and ...really really impressed me.

I'm sure stuff like this just seems publicity stunt-y to some, but this is the shiat you can see this man do EVERY SINGLE DAY. Seriously. The guy is like Superman or something.

I wouldn't just vote for him if he ran for an office I could vote for him for...I'd actually send this guy money and even work a phone bank.

He's the kind of politician we need. He's a politician...but one who really seems to bust his ass for his people, and he has integrity.

And I'm not the type to get all starry eyed over any politician. But I love this guy. I love him a lot.
 
2013-01-25 04:56:09 PM

Wendy's Chili: He's a Wall Street privatizer at his core.


I'm not arguing, but I'd love to see the citation that backs this up - it would definitely alter my view of Booker if it's accurate.
 
2013-01-25 04:59:25 PM

rubi_con_man: Corey Booker is, frankly, leading.

This is what leading looks like.

And this is how you build leadership credibility. There is nothing this man will not do for his community, and therefore all those who work for him feel pressure to perform to a higher standard themselves.


I think this is why you don't see real leadership very often. It's time consuming, you are perpetually setting examples, and you basically have to forfeit many of the benefits of being in power (whoring, taking bribes, etc) to do it correctly and truly effectively. Not many could lead like this.
 
2013-01-25 05:05:03 PM
Russia may have Putin, but we have Cory Booker.
 
2013-01-25 05:09:30 PM
Cory Booker is the goddamn Batman.
 
2013-01-25 05:12:24 PM

talulahgosh: serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.

seriously.  you can't pay for that kind of publicity.  rescuing a dog from the cold after reading a tweet, damn.


I was actually prepared for it to have been a stray and to make some sort of snarky comment about saving them being the opposite of the municipal government's job, but from TFA it sounds like it was actually somebody's pet they hadn't intended to leave outside.

So... good on him, nice guy they elected up there.
 
2013-01-25 05:16:54 PM

TonnageVT: Warthog: TonnageVT: clambam: I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.

Given his track record, it really isn't. If you follow him on twitter, he's always taking the time to listen to people and give honest answers.

That's my question.  What has he done other than answer his fan mail on Twitter (and get driven around the city during natural disasters)?

Dropped Newark's crime rate to the best since 1941 as well as apprehended 11 of the 12 most wanted felons, dropped it's budget deficit from 180mil to 73mil, brought in Panasonic to move its headquarters to it's new Panasonic tower in Newark, built the Prudential Center as well as 25 other development projects that created jobs...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Booker#First_term


Okay, it sounds like the guy kicked ass and took names during his first term.  Good for him.  I hope he keeps it up, and continues to focus as much on the big issues as on staying Twitterfamous.  New Jersey certainly needs all the help it can get.
 
2013-01-25 05:17:52 PM

Warthog: TonnageVT: clambam: I'm sorry, I like the guy, but that seems a little too much like a publicity stunt.

Given his track record, it really isn't. If you follow him on twitter, he's always taking the time to listen to people and give honest answers.

That's my question.  What has he done other than answer his fan mail on Twitter (and get driven around the city during natural disasters)?


Well, he's mayor. So his duties are relatively limited, even though it's a large city (compared to a state or federal office I mean). So what have *I* seen him do, without looking shiat up? I live in California (Bay Area) so he doesn't impact me. But what I see him doing, every single day, is responding to people within his city who are having problems. All sorts of problems. I see this man personally getting pot holes fixed. Yeah, seems like a big whoop...but it can be. And if you live in a poorer area, it can take YEARS to get that shiat fixed. It's frustrating as all fark. He gets it done. I've seen him be kind to people who were being shiatty, trying to redirect the convo into a productive area. Sure, not a big whoop, but when you realize the sheer amount of bullshiat anyone has to deal with...its impressive.

I watched many people who are supporters turn nasty when he was critical of Obama. Again, he took it in stride, never lost his cool, and was engaging people on the actual shiat they said or asked.

I've seen him offer comfort to those in despair, and not just comfort...but actual assistance. People out of work. People who'd lost some type of assistance funding. People who didn't have enough to eat. And not just words, this is a guy who gets out there and does.

It's just so not out of character for him to go rescue this dog.

This is a guy who's shown up at someone's house and shoveled their snow...because they didn't have anyone to do it and were elderly.

I urge you to do your own poking around. I did. I also urge you to do it skeptically, with a critical eye.

He'll impress you. As far as how good he's been for Newark...I honestly can't say. I don't live there and I'm not well versed on it. I know what I've read, and much of it is critical. Newark still has a lot of problems, but I don't know how realistic the criticism is based on the economy and other factors. Some things may be worse...but aren't they all over?

The most criticism I've seen him get repeatedly is over the good press. The most cynical of which is essentially he's making himself look good, etc. etc. I think he DOES make himself look good, but that's a byproduct of what he does.

I'm not easily impressed by any politician. But this guy amazes me. And I happen to also think he's a really good and decent human being to boot based on personal convos.

I really hope he does run for higher office, we *need* people like this, regardless of what party they're in. People who seem to truly give a shiat and bust their asses to serve their people.
 
2013-01-25 05:18:05 PM

Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."


I read that first as "panda" not "pander" and I think they both work.
 
2013-01-25 05:21:48 PM

Warthog: ghare: Lochsteppe: Warthog: As I noted in my red-lit alternative to this headline: he is not a real person.  He is a PR campaign with legs, a city-issued SUV, and a twitter feed.

It's like his personality dial is set to "pander."

Let me guess: your handle in TFA's comments section is "newarktheghetto."

Can anyone without an irrational hatred of people clearly better than they are explain to me why some people hate people who are clearly better than they are? Or is this a Jersey thing?

I believe it's just plain ol' jealousy.

No, it isn't jealousy.  I do not care to hold political office.  I do not care to be Twitter famous. Or TFamous.  Or any other kind of famous.  And I certainly don't ever want to move back to New Jersey.  I *do* care about being a good husband and a good father, and a good co-worker to the people on my team at my office.  If not a single person outside those groups ever comes to know about how I've lived me life, I'm fine with that.    If I ever get a chance to rescue a dog from the cold, I'll be perfectly content if only the dog and I know about it.



Considering it was a reporter who told him about it in the first place he didn't really have that option in this case, did he?
So do you have any reason to tell us that he doesn't lead similarly all the time and not just when a reporter tweets him? Because if you don't then I just gotta say:

i576.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-25 05:22:16 PM

talulahgosh: serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.

seriously.  you can't pay for that kind of publicity.  rescuing a dog from the cold after reading a tweet, damn.


I think that he actually reads tweets is the most amazing part.

/Who reads tweets?
 
2013-01-25 05:45:05 PM

EighthDay: Wendy's Chili: He's a Wall Street privatizer at his core.

I'm not arguing, but I'd love to see the citation that backs this up - it would definitely alter my view of Booker if it's accurate.


Forbes and Salon agree for once...

Link

Link

Link
Link
 
2013-01-25 05:57:16 PM
I disagree with him on a lot, but I respect him more everytime I read about him.
 
2013-01-25 06:37:21 PM

TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat.


The mayor before Booker (Sharpe James) was a Democrat.

He was a crook.

The guy before the crook (Gibson) was a Democrat. He was a crook, too. Between the two Democratic crooks we're back to 1970.

The guy before those two crooks (Addonizio)? Also a Democrat. Also a crook (mobbed-up, in his case). That takes you back to 1962.

That's 44 straight years of Democratic mayoral corruption, marinating in the usual Jersey sleaze, before Booker.

That's what impresses about Booker. In a city with a history like Newark, just managing to not steal shiat is a major accomplishment. Not playing the race card at the first sign of opposition the way James did, another plus. At this point, basic competence is gravy. Booker has that covered. The rest? The country's got lots of good mayors, but Booker doing what he's doing in a place like Newark is off-the-charts unlikely.
 
2013-01-25 07:31:42 PM
Even if he is the self-aggrandizing PR junkie some people accuse him of being, does that somehow make his deeds not count? He can post about what he does on twitter forever, for all I care, and publicly take all the credit he deserves. Even if he was a douche (which I don't think he is), he's consistently setting an example for civic action.

I finally gave up on Keith Olbermann when he sneered at Booker and called him a "self-aggrandizing fraud" for the private equity flap during the election. Someone who constantly does small and large acts of good it still a positive force in society, whether they publicly promote these acts or not. There's nothing a cynic hates more than having their cynicism challenged by an optimist who translates their ideals into action, instead of just whining and biatching about everything.

A healthy skepticism (or rather, empiricism) about how we judge our public figures is a good thing, but people are multi-faceted and there's nothing be gained by focusing all of your attention on how sure you are that the other shoe is gonna drop and reveal everyone for the frauds they are.
 
2013-01-25 07:34:22 PM

GAT_00: Blues_X: I think that I like this guy.

Most people do.  Last time I saw approve/disapprove on him he had a 6% disapproval rating.  Runs Newark like an open city and has done a fantastic job of it.


One couldn't tell from the comments on the article's page though.
 
2013-01-25 07:37:22 PM

TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched masturbating in the warm comfort of his home.


ftfy
 
2013-01-25 09:18:42 PM

Aaron Haynes: Even if he is the self-aggrandizing PR junkie


Even?

He hears about a cold dog on twitter. Does he call the police, the fire department, or animal control? No, he calls a farking camera crew.

Well, he did call the cops, but only so he had someone to hand over the dog to once the photo op was over.

President Booker means Exxon-Mobil Elementary School.
 
2013-01-25 10:34:09 PM
ehhhh it seems like he just showed up to hand the dog into a police cruiser.

so thanks I guess?

\cynical
 
2013-01-25 10:45:36 PM

TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched in the warm comfort of his home.


this libertarian would have kidnapped the dog and kept him.

/and billed the owners
//dickhead awaaay
 
2013-01-25 10:46:12 PM

kbronsito: serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.

I've voted for Obama twice. I can't go back to voting for white guys.


Once you go black...
 
2013-01-26 12:22:12 AM
Somebody really ought to do a comic book about a mayor who's also a superhero.
 
2013-01-26 08:55:13 AM
I love this man.

BOOKER / CLINTON 2016!
 
2013-01-26 09:05:36 AM

Drunken_Empath: penthesilea: Cory Booker conquered ice when he saved the dog from the freezing cold.
Cory Booker conquered fire when he saved a woman from a burning home.
Cory Booker conquered wind when he gave people shelter, delivered food, diapers, and blankets during Sandy.
I'm guessing there's an earthquake in Newark's not-to-distant future.

Are you insinuating that Cory Booker is the Avatar?


I don't think many others will get the reference, so let me just say

plume.dk
 
2013-01-26 10:03:02 AM
"Yawn" and "big whoop" tags must get the weekends off.

Let's see what we're calling a hero these days. Heard about a dog left out in the cold Found a cellphone number on the dog's id tags. He called the owner to come get his dog left out in the... ah, here it is, right between the lines: "a coming star in the Democratic Party".
 
2013-01-26 10:04:12 AM

serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.


You've set the bar a bit low, haven't you?
 
2013-01-26 10:14:37 AM

TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched in the warm comfort of his home.


Or realistically, he just would have never have been given the same Fark coverage. Republicans engaging in non- stories just aren't as nearly exciting as democrats engaging in non-stories around here.
 
2013-01-26 12:30:12 PM

clowncar on fire: TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched in the warm comfort of his home.

Or realistically, he just would have never have been given the same Fark coverage. Republicans engaging in non- stories just aren't as nearly exciting as democrats engaging in non-stories around here.


ts3.mm.bing.net

It's here. Hop on board.
 
2013-01-26 01:08:28 PM
Comments in the article have derped up nicely.
 
2013-01-26 01:54:31 PM

TV's Vinnie: Obviously the guy is a Democrat. Had been a republican or libertarian he would have either just told the dog to pull itself down by it's own bootstraps or set up a webcam to laugh at the dog's suffering while he watched in the warm comfort of his home.


Derpy derp derp deeeerpppp deeerrrrrppppppp derrp derp dery derp derp
 
2013-01-26 11:38:07 PM

Ishkur: Drunken_Empath: penthesilea: Cory Booker conquered ice when he saved the dog from the freezing cold.
Cory Booker conquered fire when he saved a woman from a burning home.
Cory Booker conquered wind when he gave people shelter, delivered food, diapers, and blankets during Sandy.
I'm guessing there's an earthquake in Newark's not-to-distant future.

Are you insinuating that Cory Booker is the Avatar?

I don't think many others will get the reference, so let me just say

[plume.dk image 498x500]


Pagan Son!
 
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