Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor
December 28th, 2013
03:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Bill Clinton to swear in de Blasio as NYC mayor

(CNN) – When Bill de Blasio becomes mayor of New York City on New Year's Day, he'll have a far more prominent Democrat than himself on the other side of the Bible.

He will be sworn in by former President Bill Clinton, the mayor-elect's office said Saturday.

Clinton's wife, Hillary, the former secretary of state and U.S. senator for New York, also will attend.

According to his office, de Blasio will be sworn in using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is on loan from FDR's presidential library.

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De Blasio has worked for both Clintons.

He was a Housing and Urban Development official during the Clinton presidency and he was a campaign manager for Hillary Clinton's successful 2000 Senate bid. Both Clintons endorsed de Blasio in mid-September, just a few days after he won the Democratic primary.

"I was honored to serve in President Clinton's administration and on Secretary Clinton's campaign for U.S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for all of New York City," de Blasio said in a statement.

"Wednesday's ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and Chirlane and I couldn't be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us."

The first Democrat elected mayor in more than two decades, de Blasio has established himself as a populist liberal, telling a tale of a "two cities" New York divided between rich and poor while focusing heavily on his mixed race family during the campaign.

That message helped propel de Blasio from behind in what had been a crowded Democratic primary.

He went on to crush Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election last month to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is closing out his third term and 12th year in office.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Bill de Blasio • Hillary Clinton • New York
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Great. NY needs to tighten security.

    December 28, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Go bill, msybe the dumb GOP hick hillbilly states will learn that their GOP governors put party over people and refuse the Medicare part of Obama care will continue to see their hospital CLOSE!!!!

    December 28, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. bill

    way to go Blasio. i would like to be sworn in by a lying cheating impeached former pres. did i mention he's a democrap? no news here move along.

    December 28, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. just saying

    just remember nyc, no complaining about this leftist kook. you did this to yourselves.

    December 28, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. ladies first

    when you get sworn in to be Mayor of New York maybe peoples outlook will turn around

    December 28, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Great. Pres.clinton is great.

    December 29, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    You have to ask......just what official position does Clinton hold, that qualifies him to swear in another political official??????

    That sounds like a contrived political event, that has no substance whatsoever.

    December 29, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. brain

    wonder how long it'll take for the crime waves to hit and NYC start the downward spiral of dimocratic 'leadership'....

    December 29, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Paul

    New York deserves a Communist mayor. Maybe you can be just like Chicago and Detroit, too.

    December 29, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Obama - Liar of the Year

    This leftist/progressive clown will have people in NYC divided and at each others throats within months. Crime in NYC will rise as he will blame other things for the criminal activity. And of course, all it will take to solve all of NYCs problems will be billions in higher taxes. All money that will go to corrupt Democrat supporters, especially the labor unions.

    And you will get what you deserve NYC for electing this loser. Look no further than Detroit to see what the future holds for you.

    December 29, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. phillip

    Yep, Bill Clinton is an icon for honesty. This is a joke isn't it?

    December 29, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Marcus (from...?)

    You have to ask: why do people who happen to have HORRIBLY LAME CLAIRVOYANCE POWERS still try to 'predict' the future?
    According to some of the previous 'predictions' of those who are swearing that Blasio IS going to be bad for NYC:
    Captain Richard Phillips is supposed to have died during the horrendous attempt to rescue him.
    Unemployment is over 10% (Near 20% actually).
    Osama bin Laden is still at large.
    Mitt Romney is the POTUS.

    Since NONE of this things happened as they predicted in the past, then why do they keep up with it?

    December 29, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Name

    Good riddance to that fascist Bloomberg and Kelly. They perverted Giuliani and Brattons crime polcies.

    While I am skeptical of DeBlasio at least he will not be un American and un patriotic like Bloomberg and his cronies.

    December 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |