By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Happy New Year, everybody. Please remember not to let off any fireworks indoors. Be safe out there!
As a conversation starter:
As president, I'll turn the East Room into an open office plan, where I’ll sit with our team.
I’ll use the Oval Office for some official functions – never for tweeting – but the rest of the time, I’ll be where a leader should be: with the team. https://t.co/zIU3ZL5uIv pic.twitter.com/jLwWKJCmxw
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 30, 2019
Quite right. Because who doesn’t love their open-plan office? Or their “team”? (No, this is not a parody account. The image does not come from the linked Politico article, so I can only think that the source is Bloomberg. UPDATE It’s Bloomberg’s Mayoral office in New York.)
Today is an Open Thread. I will take New Year’s Day off, and then return in full force. I’m also thinking after yesterday’s Buttigieg gaffe, and today’s Bloomberg ridiculousness, I should invent a new category for the especially absurd.
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Hamford writes: “Mountain flowers in Wind River Range, Wyoming.”
Again, if any of you go out on your Christmas walks with camera (or, I suppose, phone), I’m running out of plants. Wintry plants would be especially appreciated!
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