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Bloomberg Throws a Hillary Party (Even Better Than Patricof's Pool!)

Michael Bloomberg Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born 14 February 1942) is an American businessman, and the founder of Bloomberg L.P., currently serving as the Mayor of New York City. He was a general partner at Salomon Brothers before founding the financial software service company in 1981.  welcomed Hillary Clinton back into New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
’s political scene with a party at Gracie Mansion Gracie Mansion is the official residence of the Mayor of New York City. Built in 1799, it is located in Carl Schulz Park, at East End Avenue and Eighty-eighth Street in Manhattan. It overlooks Hell Gate. Architecture
Archibald Gracie built Gracie Mansion in 1799.
 last night, closing the two-hour party with a live chorus singing “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”

Among the guests were Governor David Paterson David A. Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician and the current Lieutenant Governor of New York. He is the first African American to hold this position. He was selected as running mate by New York Attorney General and Democratic Party nominee Eliot Spitzer in the , Senator Chuck Schumer Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior U.S. Senator from the state of New York, serving since 1999. A Democrat, in 2005, he became chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. , Representative Charlie Rangel, Barbara Walters Barbara Jill Walters[1] (born September 25, 1929[2]) is an American journalist, writer and media personality who has been a regular fixture on morning television shows (Today and The View), an evening news magazine (20/20 , Chevy Chase Chevy Chase (chĕv`ē), town (1990 pop. 8,559), Montgomery co., W central Md., a residential suburb of Washington, D.C.; founded as a village, inc. 1914.  and Tina Brown Tina Brown, Lady Evans (born Christina Hambley Brown on November 21, 1953, in Maidenhead, England) is a journalist, magazine editor, columnist, talk-show host and author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, a personal friend. . Inside Edition sent a crew.

After trading jokes about presidential ambitions with the mayor, Clinton told the crowd of political leaders, business tycoons and reporters that she’s happily back at her job as New York’s junior senator.

Standing at a podium beneath a white tent in the mansion’s back yard, Clinton told the crowd she’s glad to see “so many of my friends, catching up with all of you, knowing that many of you put your ideas and your requests on hold, and now, the hold is off. And I am open for business a hundred percent of the time.”

And just in time.

Kennedy Benjamin, whose husband Michael is an Assemblyman as·sem·bly·man  
A man who is a member of a legislative assembly.


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 in the Bronx, said she wanted to attend because “I wanted to thank her for standing up for us women. And that was really well received between the both of us."

Benjamin said she told Clinton about a program she's organizing with German exchange students in the Bronx, and that Clinton sounded delighted at the prospect.

“As you know, most of Germany is for [Barack] Obama. But I’d like for them to meet Hillary as well, so they can see how great she is,” said Benjamin.

Others took the occasion to reflect on the Clinton experience.

“You could feel the emotion,” businessman and major Democratic money man Alan Patricof said of the event. “There’s such a strong, almost passionate feeling about her and her campaign. People are nostalgic and it takes a little while to get over it all.” He added, “I came in from the Hamptons to come and I’m very glad I did it. It was a lot better than being in my pool.”

Comedian Chevy Chase said, “I think she’s a great woman. Whatever she wants to do, she could pull it off.” Asked if she should run for another office, he said, “What do you want me to say? I’m not going to say she should run for mayor. That would be silly of me. Why should she run for mayor? She’s a great senator.”

Assemblyman Michael Benjamin Mike Benjamin may refer to:
  • Mike Benjamin (baseball player)
  • Democrat Michael Benjamin (New York Assemblyman)
  • Republican Michael Benjamin (New York politician)
, who supported Obama during the primary, said he and Clinton had a brief but good conversation at the party. And no, he said, she didn’t notice the little blue-and-white Obama pin he was wearing on his lapel.

“We want to win,” he said afterwards. “Any competition when the game is over, you’ve lost, you move forward and, you know, hail to the new king.”

Earlier in the evening, Clinton joked about her conversation with Mayor Bloomberg.

“I was very touched [by] Mike’s concern for me over these last months,” Clinton told the crowd from the podium. “You know, ever since the campaign ended, and you know, I was really moved that he wanted to talk about the campaign: what happened, how it happened, how you did it, what was the reaction that you got, what was effective and what wasn’t effective, what worked in advertising and direct mail.”

The crowd by this point was in on the joke.

“I mean, he was so interested in me, that I was just transformed. I’ve always liked him but my gosh, I felt so special.”
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Author:Azi Paybarah
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Aug 5, 2008
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