Former NYC Mayor and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg may not want to be president. But lots of people sure would like him to pursue the opportunity — especially on Wall Street, where he’s seen as the only potential name in the field who really understands global capitalism. (Note: Bernie Sanders may understand it too, but that doesn’t mean he likes it!) Strangely, New York City has never sent a former mayor to the White House. Most recently, Giuliani rumblings ended where they began. Fiorello La Guardia never stood a chance and John Lindsay, Kennedy-esque good looks notwithstanding, fizzled out at the national level.
The Mayor of New York is often touted as the second-toughest job in America. The first one being that elusive POTUS position. NYC did manage to send a former police commissioner to the Oval Office. That was Theodore Roosevelt. Bloomberg would have a chance, surely. First of all there’s his money edge. And the country has seen a shift toward more liberal social policies like gay marriage, which he’s not against. People still love their Coca-Cola though, so the calorie-counting Bloomberg could expect some burping opposition on the trail. Bloomberg is 73, though, and may want to just drink his mineral water on the terrace in peace at one of his nine or so houses.