NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Did Mayor Michael Bloomberg describe President Barack Obama as the “most arrogant man” he’s ever met?
Fellow media mogul and fellow billionaire Rupert Murdoch told the Australian Financial Review that’s exactly what Bloomberg said to him.
“Let me just say this, I don’t remember the conversation that way. I think that Rupert Murdoch probably agrees with me, it’s time to get on. We’ve got to make this country work,” Bloomberg said Monday.
Murdoch said the mayor reached that conclusion after playing a round of golf with the president on Martha’s Vineyard.
Ironically, that meeting between the two fueled speculation Bloomberg might be in line for a job in Obama’s cabinet, 1010 WINS’ senior correspondent Stan Brooks reported.
“I do not think he’s arrogant,” Bloomberg said Monday while addressing reporters at City Hall. “We’ve got to stop focusing on criticism and start focusing on going ahead.”
The mayor added that the country needed to support President Obama regardless of party, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported.
When asked by reporters if he felt the need to call the president to clear things up, Bloomberg said, “I just did.”
“The president’s in India worrying about a lot more important things, okay? The last thing he needs [is] a call from me,” the mayor added.