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(NJ.com)   Newark superhero mayor Cory Booker saves doggie from freezing to death, begins search for kitties stuck in trees   (nj.com) divider line 22
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1800 clicks; posted to Politics » on 25 Jan 2013 at 3:24 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-01-25 03:32:13 PM
5 votes:
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 04:09:57 PM
3 votes:

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 03:57:05 PM
3 votes:
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 01:41:38 PM
3 votes:
I look forward to our second black President.
2013-01-25 04:59:25 PM
2 votes:

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 04:48:12 PM
2 votes:
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 03:57:44 PM
2 votes:
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 07:31:42 PM
1 votes:
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 05:17:52 PM
1 votes:

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 04:56:09 PM
1 votes:

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 04:41:33 PM
1 votes:

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 04:30:04 PM
1 votes:

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 03:44:58 PM
1 votes:

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 03:37:32 PM
1 votes:

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?
2013-01-25 03:34:51 PM
1 votes:
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 03:31:47 PM
1 votes:
www.inquisitr.com

Christie / Booker 2016?
2013-01-25 03:18:45 PM
1 votes:

serpent_sky: I look forward to our second black President.


And our second gay one as well.
2013-01-25 02:48:49 PM
1 votes:
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 02:38:10 PM
1 votes:
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 02:08:28 PM
1 votes:

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 01:44:06 PM
1 votes:

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 01:40:22 PM
1 votes:
I think that I like this guy.
 
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