New York City dwellers are often ridiculed for thinking they’re the center of the universe.
It’s a sentiment satirized in the famous “View of the World from 9th Avenue” illustration that graced the cover of the New Yorker in 1976. But in Michael Bloomberg’s case, he seems to believe it.
“We really are better than everybody else,” Bloomberg told the West Side Chamber of Commerce to some laughs in 2001 during his first campaign to become the city’s mayor, according to the Daily News that summer. “We really are. I mean, the rest of the world is a disgrace compared to New York.”
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, who is set to compete in his first states this cycle on March 3 in the Super Tuesday round of voting, lobbied the New York City Council in 2008 to lift the two-term mayoral limit so he could run again and steer the city through its recovery efforts following the financial crisis.