New York City’s missing-in-action mayor took to a podcast Monday to give a lecture on — of all things — the value of hard work.
“There’s a really noble element to work you care about and I think a vast, vast percentage of people — they went, they got educated or they learned a trade and they actually take pride in their work,” Mayor de Blasio said on an episode of “Recode Decode” released Monday.
The sermonizing is sure to come as a shock to New Yorkers used to de Blasio’s chronic tardiness and long stays away from City Hall and Gracie Mansion as he pursues a no-chance bid for the White House.
Hizzoner logged an average of just 4.1 hours of work a day in May, according to a recent Daily News analysis that generously gave him weekends off.
On those rare occasions when de Blasio does show up for work, his tenure has been marred by chronic tardiness.
In one low moment in 2014, he showed up 19 minutes late to a 13th anniversary memorial service in Queens for victims of Flight 587. De Blasio later admitted he was “sluggish” that morning after sleeping badly, saying, "I had a rough night.”
He has also been rumored to nap on the job, though the administration has strongly disputed the ignominious charges.
De Blasio has taken frequent trips out of town for his presidential campaign, though he hasn’t been shy about mixing business and pleasure.
During an August trip out west supposedly for campaign purposes, he enjoyed a hike in Red Rock Canyon in Nevada — his second visit to the site — and went to Los Angeles for a ballgame between the Dodogers and his beloved Boston Red Sox.
Luckily for de Blasio, the “Recode” podcast was taped in the afternoon earlier this month.
Perhaps showing a BIT of self-awareness, he made a few caveats during his monologue.
“I will also argue [for] just the value of work as meaningful human identity … not the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant ‘let’s have work replace all other values,’” Hizzoner said.
“You could argue there’s an American problem of sort of, let’s work ourselves to death and feel good about it rather than having all the rest of life, right?
“I can argue that one all day long, but yeah, there needs to be a balance.”
De Blasio raised the subject of hard work after host Kara Swisher asked him about Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s “universal basic income” plan to give every American over age 18 $1,000 a month.
Unlike Yang, de Blasio failed to get into the latest debate by earning at least 2% support in four separate polls and 130,000 campaign contributors. The same standards apply for the next debate.
De Blasio appears to be keeping a death grip on his hopes and dreams, telling WNYC last week, “There’s still time on the clock.”
After giving some praise to Yang, de Blasio bashed the upstart entrepreneur’s most prominent proposal.
“It couldn’t even come close to being enough,” de Blasio said. “A thousand dollars a month — give me a break.
“It is superficial and limited and not sustainable.”