With his mother, Charlotte, 98, by his side, yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg (who owns an estate in Armonk) dedicated a new emergency medical service station in Jerusalem to his father. Bloomberg declined to say how much money he donated to the facilityÃ¢â‚¬â€but they are renaming it after his late father, so it probably wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pennies. In his speech, Bloomberg joked, “This is a special time in the relationship between Israel and the United States – and I’m not talking about the fact Leonardo DiCaprio is dating Israeli model Bar Refaeli,” the mayor said, according to The NY Post. Actually, the two split awhile back, still, point taken, Mr. Mayor. Today, Bloomberg is heading next door to Jordan, to meet with King Abdullah II. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hope, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s less fanfare then there was last year when President BushÃ¢â‚¬â€and IÃ¢â‚¬â€visited Jordan (though not together).
Meanwhile, in Davos, Switzerland, Hungarian-born, Westchester-dwelling billionaireÃ¢â‚¬â€ and outspoken Bush-criticÃ¢â‚¬â€George Soros, told the crowd, “America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process.” The mogul, who is a Holocaust survivor, was talking about the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mistakes in Iraq and how some nations have a tendency not to examine their errors (such as Turkey and Japan). Whereas Germany rejected its Nazi-era past. The comments stirred outrage from conservative critics. The New York Post ran an article calling Soros, Ã¢â‚¬Å“A fan Obama doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t NeedÃ¢â‚¬? (how did Barack Obama get dragged into this?) Soros spokesman Michael Vachon told Page Six: “There is nothing unpatriotic about demanding accountability from the president. Those responsible for taking America into this needless war should do us all a favor and retire from public office.”
And in a cosmic, Westchester-billionaire-twist, Soros is traveling today to Liberia with Queen Noor of Jordan. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right, one of our billionaires is chilling with King in Amman; the other is spending time with his stepmother.
Update: Michael Vachon, the Soros spokesman quoted in The Post, emailed a fuller explanation of his boss’s statement in Davos.
<blockquote><div>Mr. Soros certainly does not equate the United States Government with the Nazi regime. But I think most Americans would agree that we need to hold the Bush Administration accountable for its failed policies in Iraq–policies that have resulted in the tragic death of thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. There is nothing unpatriotic about demanding accountability from the President. Those responsible for taking America into this needless war should do us all a favor and retire from public office.
(AP Photos/Sebastian Scheiner & Manish Swarup)