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What makes New York Mayor Bill De Blasio dull? His speechwriters, he says.

What makes Bill De Blasio’s speeches boring?

Their writers, according to De Blasio. In emails obtained by the New York Post, the New York mayor gripes about getting “dull and uninspiring scripts” to read, and having “underwhelming texts to work from.” He e-bellows that: “My job — in case this wasn’t clear — is to lead and inspire …”

In a post on my personal blog, I speak for the speechwriters, retorting that De Blasio “orders speeches like one orders room service—sent up on command. Why are they not cooked to his liking? Because speeches aren’t hamburgers, and speechwriters aren’t line cooks.” —DM