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Bloomberg Has Outwardly Frosty Reaction at Inauguration Ceremony

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Bill de Blasio drew cheers from liberal followers everywhere, but there was little applause from one person sitting in the front row of the dais: de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

There were plenty of frozen fingers and toes at the mayoral inauguration.

Michael Bloomberg had a frozen grimace, too.

It seemed a natural, if maybe undiplomatic, response. After all, speaker after speaker thrashed the city Bloomberg helped create.

The first invocation set the tone.

"Let the plantation called New York City be the city of God," said the Rev. Fred Lucas, chaplain of the Department of Sanitation.

Never one to hide his pleasure, Bloomberg then let his scowl set in.

"Now, in our time, we face a different crisis, an inequality crisis," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"New York alarmingly plays a tragic role in the fact that our nation has the largest prison population in the world," said artist and activist Harry Belafonte.

Last week, Bloomberg was touting basically the opposite.

"New York City also continues to buck the national trend on ever-increasing reliance on prison," he said on December 26.

"He didn't expect to be the conquering hero at this event," said Sen. Charles Schumer. "It didn't happen. He's going away on vacation."

During one speech, the billionaire may have been especially counting the minutes to when his private jet could take off.

"We live in a gilded age of inequality where decrepit homeless shelters and housing developments stand in the neglected shadow of gleaming multi-million-dollar condos," said Public Advocate Letitia James.

Not all speakers slammed Bloomberg. There were also some kind words, from former President Bill Clinton and from the new mayor himself.

"You led our city through some extremely difficult times, and for that, we are all grateful," de Blasio said. "Your passion on issues such as environmental protection and public health has built a noble legacy."

"He leaves the city stronger and healthier than he found it," Clinton said.

Through a spokesman, Bloomberg declined to comment. Instead, he perhaps let his opinion be made clear through two things: his locked facial expression and his quick exit from his old office. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP