National Affairs: O'Brienisms

Last week John Patrick O'Brien became the 101st Mayor of New York City. Before Tammany picked him for its docile dummy in City Hall vice James John ("Jimmy") Walker, resigned, vice Joseph Vincent ("Holy Joe'') McKee, acting,

Mayor O'Brien sat for ten years upon the surrogate's bench. Mayor Walker was famed for conscious witticisms. Mayor O'Brien is already celebrated for humor of another kind. Some O'Brienisms:

"I want my inaugural as simple as we can stand. No blare of trumpets—a little music, you know—but no blare of trumpets. Just the singing of 'The Star-Spangled...

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