By Meg News Channel
At a Silicon Valley company, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told workers andmedia on Friday that Meg Whitman is "a career problem-solver" who is "exactly what weneed in these tough economic times."
Read his full remarks:
Good afternoon, everyone.Meg and I just took a nice tour of Zazzle’s facility here in San Jose. It’s actually amazing what theydo here and I wanted to thank them for hosting us. This is my first time here - - this is not Meg’sfirst time – she visited the company back in 2005 when they started out and only had a handful of employees. Clearly, they’ve come a long way since then; Zazzle is a great example of the kind of innovative companies that have thrived during the national recession and will help lead Californiaand this country to a recovery. But I think it’s safe to say that Zazzle probably wouldn’t be what itis today, if it weren’t for trailblazers like eBay. And I think it’s safe to safe eBay probably wouldn’tbe what it is today, if it wasn’t for Meg Whitman.Meg, as I’m sure everybody by now knows, transformed eBay from a tiny start-up business with 30people into one of the first truly global online businesses. And in doing so, she profoundly shapedthe future of the Internet – and created thousands and thousands of jobs in the process. Now,running a global business in Silicon Valley is not for the faint of heart. So I think her real-worldexperience at eBay and other well-known companies is going to be a great asset for California –she is exactly what we need in these tough economic times.Back in 2001, when people said I didn’t have the experience to run the biggest city in the countrybecause I had never worked in the public sector, they were really skeptical. But the reality is that asmart, talented manager who has thrived in the private sector can definitely succeed ingovernment. And I think that’s exactly what government needs. In the end, it is about housing and jobs – my house, my job. That’s what every American feels. And if we are going to have a future inthis country, we need qualified people. In fact, any executive office in government requiressomeone with the same skills that are in the business world: accountability, innovative thinking,and great management skills. And Meg clearly has these qualities in spades.She’s not a career politician; she is a career problem solver. And we don’t need politicians today –we need problem-solvers. That is how we’re going to get back to work and keep this, the greatestcountry in the world, going forward. Meg has a track record of building consensus around toughissues. She knows how to get things done. When she sees a problem, her natural instinct is to finda solution – not kick the can down the road. Meg is not afraid to make hard decisions. But she alsoknows that if we’re going to make progress, you have to work together. None of us does anythingon our own. No government can exist by itself, no part of government can exist by itself. It isconsensus, it’s building bridges, it’s working together that built America, and that’s what we need