Brian Lehrer

  • Aired:  11/06/13
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The host of WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" discusses Bill de Blasio's election, Michael Bloomberg's legacy and Chris Christie's rare political gift. (7:11)

BACK, EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT HOSTS A SHOW ON PUBLIC RADIO AS A TRIBUTE I'LL BE CALLING THIS ONE IN,

PLEASE WELCOME BRIAN LEHRER.

(APPLAUSE) PLAUS.

>> Stephen: BRIAN, HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU, THANKS FOR COMING ON.

LISTEN, I'M A LONG-TIME FAN, FIRST TIME HOSTER.

THANKS FOR COMING ON, FOR THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO PERHAPS DO NOT GET THE RADIO

IN NEW YORK, YOU ARE THE HOST OF BRIAN LEHRER SHOW NEAR AT WNYC HERE IN NEW YORK.

I THINK THE FINEST LOCAL NEWS IN NEW YORK.

>> (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> BECAUSE I GENERALLY DON'T DO LOCAL NEWS.

>> NO COMPETITION, THAT'S GOOD.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

NOW BRIAN, WE HAVE A NEW MAYOR IN NEW YORK CITY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) BILL DE BLASIO.

AND AS A WEALTHY NEW YORKER, I AM TERRIFIED THIS GUY RAN ON TAX GEIGS LIKE ME.

DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?

>> WELL, IF YOU MAKE MORE THAN $500,000-- .

>> Stephen: OH, YEAH, YEAH, OH YEAH!

>> WHICH YOU DON'T HAVE TO DISCLOSE YOUR ENTIRE 1040.

>> Stephen: OH I WON'T.

>> HE WANTS LESS THAN 1% MORE THAN YOU PAY IN TAXES RIGHT NOW SO THAT-- .

>> Stephen: WHAT?

>> EVERY FOUR-YEAR-OLD CAN GO TO PREK IN NEW YORK CITY.

>> Stephen: WHY SHOULD I GIVE MY-- (APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WHY SHOULD I BE GIVING UP 1% OF MY INCOME SO SOME STUPID KID CAN GO TO PREK.

THEY CAN'T EVEN READ YET, WHY ARE THEY GOING TO SCHOOL.

>> YOU HAVE A POINT ABOUT THE FAILED TODDLER PROBLEM.

WE SHOULD GIVE UP O ON MORE FOUR-YEAR-OLDS.

>> Stephen: AT A CERTAIN POINT, YOU HAVE TO JUST YOU KNOW, NOT THROW GOOD MONEY

AFTER BAD.

(LAUGHTER)

>> NEVERTHELESS, IT LOOKS LIKE 'S GOING TO GIVE IT A SHOT.

>> Stephen: SO DO YOU THINK THAT IS ACTUALLY GOING HAPPEN?

I KNOW THAT IS WHAT HE WANTS TO DO.

BUT DOES HE HAVE THE VOTES IN THE CITY COUNCIL EL TO DO IT.

>> YOU HAVE TO GET VOTES FROM THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

WHICH IS THE WEIRD THING ABOUT NEW YORK, THAT THE STATE GETS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE CITY RAISES TAXES ONLY

ON CITY RESIDENTS.

THAT'S ANOTHER GOOD THING FOR HIM TO FIGHT.

>> Stephen: OKAY, BUT IS HE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IT?

>> HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET IT I DON'T KNOW.

>> Stephen: JUST MAKE TELEPHONE UP.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YES.

OKAY, ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

WHY DID NEW YORK GO FOR SUCH A PINKO LIKE DE BLASIO?

I MEAN THE ONLY REASON HE WON IS BECAUSE OF HIS IMPOSSIBLEABLY COOL LOOKING KIDS, ISN'T THAT RIGHT?

>> HE'S GOT VERY COOL LOOKING KIDS.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

>> BUT HE ALSO TAPPED INTO A CERTAIN UNHAPPINESS AND ANXIETY IN NEW YORK.

IN MANY WAYS MICHAEL BLOOMBERGS HAD BEEN A FABULOUS MAYOR.

HOWEVER, WE'VE GOT A BOOM IN BILLIONAIRES IN NEW YORK CITY AND A BOOM IN POOR PEOPLE.

AND BLOOMBERG DIDN'T ALWAYS SEEM TO FEEL THE POOR PEOPLE'S PAIN.

AND SO THE TIME WAS RIPE FOR SOMEBODY LIKE DE BLASIO TO COME ALONG AND RUN ON INEQUALITY.

>> Stephen: BUT THAT'S CLASS WARFARE.

>> I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO CALL IT CLASS WARFARE.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

BUT I'M WILLING TO.

(LAUGHTER) ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO.

>> IT'S GENEROUS.

MAYBE WE'LL V YOU KNOW, CLASSES THAT ARE A LITTLE CLOSER TOGETHER AND THEN THERE WON'T BE A REASON FOR WAR.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

BUT, ARE YOU A RICH GUY?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: I ENVY YOU.

(LAUGHTER) BECAUSE DE BLASIO MADE GUYS LIKE ME SEEM LIKE BAD GUYS FOR NOT WANTING TO SUPPORT

POOR PEOPLE.

BECAUSE SUDDENLY BECAUSE I DON'T WANT THERE TO BE PUBLIC HOUSING ANY MORE.

OR I DON'T WANT CHILDREN TO GET EDUCATION, I'M A BAD GUY.

THAT SOUR BEAUTIFUL CITY RIGHT NOW THAT SOUR BIG BEAUTIFUL CITY, A LIVE SHOT RIGHT NOW, BEAUTIFUL CITY.

AND HE IS GOING TO TURN THAT INTO PUBLIC HOUSING, YOU REALIZE.

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: HE IS GOING TO, IT, THE WHOLE THING WILL HAVE LAUNDRY HANGING FROM IT.

>> IT'S PROBABLY WORTH MENTIONING IT THAT MOST OF THE RICH PEOPLE IN NEW YORK

VOTED FOR DE BLASIO.

HE WON LIKE EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

WELL, THAT IS TRUE, DE BLASIO GOT 73%, LHOTA WAS 24, WHICH WAS NOT A PERCENT, I

THINK IT WAS JUST 24 VOTES.

>> I THINK.

THERE WILL BE NO RECOULDN'T IN THIS ELECTION.

>> Stephen: WHY DID LHOTA DO SO POORLY,WHY COULDN'T HE TAP INTO ANYTHING.

BECAUSE BLOOMBERG WAS ESSENTIALLY A REPUBLICAN.

WHY COULDN'T YOU FOLLOW UP WITH ANOTHER REPUBLICAN?

>> WELL, HE TRIED.

HE DIDN'T HAVE THE WINNING PERSONALITY.

HE DIDN'T HAVE THE KIDS.

HE DIDN'T HAVE THE MESSAGE, APPARENTLY, THAT WAS RIGHT FOR THE TIME.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT HIS WILLINGNESS TO RUN OVER KITTENS WITH SUBWAY

CARS, BECAUSE THERE WERE KITTENS ON ITS TRACKS OF THE SUBWAY AND HE SAID I WOULD

NOT STOP THE SUBWAYS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF KITTENS, WHICH MIGHT BE THE FIRST TIME A

POLITICIAN OF ANY MILLENNIUM EVER SAID THAT.

>> IF MAY NOT HAVE WARMED HIS IMAGE VERY MUCH.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHAT DO YOU THINK BLOOMBERG'S LEGACY IS GOING TO BE?

>> BLOOMBERG'S LEGACY, BESIDES WHAT I SAID BEFORE ABOUT THE BOOM IF BILLIONAIRES AND THE BOOM IN

POOR PEOPLE AND HIM NOT QUITE GETTING PEOPLE'S PAIN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, IS ALSO GOING TO BE AS PROBABLY

THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH MAYOR IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA.

>> Stephen: YOU MEAN NANNY STATE MAYOR.

>> YOU CAN CALL IT NANNY STATE MAYOR.

>> Stephen: I JUST DID.

>> IF YOU WANT.

>> Stephen: I JUST Z YOU MEAN LIKE RAISING THE SMOKING AGE, NO MORE THAN 16

OUNCE OF A SODA, I DON'T THINK YOU'RE ALLOWED TO GIVE CHILDREN LOLLIPOPS ANY MORE.

>> THE LOLLIPOP BAN HASN'T BEEN PROPOSED AS FAR AS I KNOW.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE HE GOT RESISTANCE FROM THE LOLLIPOP GUILD.

YEAH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) NOW WHAT ABOUT RIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER, RIGHT OVER THERE, RIGHT O CROSS THE RIVER IN

NEW JERSEY, CHRIS CHRISTIE WON IN A BLUE STATE, WHY DE WIN IN A BLUE STATE, WAS IT

JUST HIS RESPONSE TO SANDY OR SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT CHRIS CHRISTIE THAT APPEALS TO PEOPLE.

BECAUSE THEY HAD A REALLY STRONG CANDIDATE AGAINST HIM.

THEY HAD THE LADY WITH THE HAIR AND THE FACE WHAT WAS HER NAME?

>> BARBARA BUENO, SHE WAS LEFT TO RUN AGAINST CHRISTIE WHEN SOME OF THE BETTER

KNOWN DEMOCRATS WOULDN'T DARE TAKE HIM ON IN NEW JERSEY.

AND YOU KNOW, CHRISTIE IS ONE OF THOSE RARE POLITICIANS WHO YOU CAN DISAGREE WITH ALMOST

EVERYTHING HE STANDS FOR AND STILL LOVE THE GUY.

>> Stephen: VOTERS IN NEW JERSEY DON'T AGREE WITH HIS POLICIES BUT VOTED FOR HIM OVERWHELMINGLY.

THEY THINK THAT HE DOESN'T MEAN WHAT SAYS.

>> THEY THINK THAT HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS, AND SOMEBODY SAID THE MOST SUCCESSFUL

POLITICIANS IN HISTORY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE BEST AT FEIGNING SINCERITY.

>> Stephen: HARD TO FAKE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME, FROM WNYC, BRIAN LEHRER, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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