Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989. But he had been in relatively good health despite — or perhaps because of — his whirlwind life as a television judge, radio talk-show host, author, law partner, newspaper columnist, movie reviewer, professor, commercial pitchman and political gadfly.
(On a side note, I chuckled at one of the comments made by a poster below the article. He/she was shaming Mr. Koch about him being the mayor in the "middle" of the AIDS crisis and doing zero to mitigate it. Not sure how to follow that logic, what was he suppose to do - enter everyone´s bedrooms and force them to wear condoms? New Yorkers are definately a special group of grown up children).
I met him once back in the sixties when he was campaigning down in the Village where I lived at the time. His warmth and humanity came through in his handshake and the few brief words we exchanged. As far apart as we were politically, I felt very close to him as a human being.
It always seemed that whenever Koch would justifiably criticize Obama on Israel, Obama would trot out Gibbs or Carney to reassure him that Obama was the best friend Israel ever had in the Oval Office. Sickening and transparent, but it always seemed to be good enough for Ed.
RIP Mr. Koch, but you were in a position to do much better.
#10 - All the media spend a great deal of time preparing obituaries in advance now.
They can easily do this because they are not wasting any of their time covering any news stories that would show conservatives, the free market, or Republicans in a favorable light.
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Clark Kent, 2/1/2013 10:36:16 AM (No. 9152289)
I liked him because he wasn´t a political hack. He was perfectly willing to publicly endorse candidates from the other side if he thought it was in the best interests of the city/state/country. He lived a good life RIP
I was in NYC during a good part of his mayoral tenure. I tend to agree with all the commenters above about how maddening he could be politically. What was great about him though, was like Ronald Reagan - but with a completely different demeanor - he set an optimistic tone and in that regard was a superb leader. Reagan made you remember that it´s fine to feel great about America and that you had everything to be proud of and nothing to be ashamed of and everything to look forward to. Koch did much of that same thing for NYC. It´s an intangible quality of true leadership that often trumps the substance of what the leader otherwise does.
#18 Hit it on the head. Ed made us all feel like the game wasn´t over. Just like Reagan he took a situation where decline and despair had become the default position and through force of personality, hard work and conviction turned it around. Also, both men were happy warriors. They worked hard and had a good time doing it. Both men were ardent patriots.
Remember Ed was an infantryman in Europe. He was under fire and came out a Sgt.. I´ll never forget him on St. Patricks day. SOmetimes he´d march the route several times ( nobody rides in the NYC parade St. Pat´s parade) He´d never miss Midnight Mass on Christmas either. He´d sit in the front pew at the Cathedral- he called himself "The Jew in the Pew." He was great frinds with Cardinal O´Connor (admiral O´Connor). He leaves as what my Jewish cousins call a "Mensch." There´s nothing better can be said of a man.
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the "Ergenekon" conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Announcing verdicts on the nearly 300 defendants in the case, the judges also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People´s Party (CHP)
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
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