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Alfrey: Bloomberg and Obama: A more 'complicated' relationship than the ads suggest WASHINGTON — Mike Bloomberg is touting his relationship with Barack Obama in a pair of new TV ads backed by $16 million so far. If you didn't know better, the spots might lead you to believe the former president had endorsed the former mayor of New York. But Bloomberg also criticized Obama for failing at "developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists," a mistake that Bloomberg said had "doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction." "And, rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice," Bloomberg added, "he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it." Once Obama was in office, the mayor helped lobby undecided senators, including Republican Susan Collins of Maine, on health care reform, but he ended up with a dim view of the Affordable Care Act after it passed, calling it a "disgrace." In a speech to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in 2014, Bloomberg dismissed both the Affordable Care Act and another major Obama legislative accomplishment, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "The trouble is if you reduce the risk at these institutions, they can't make the money they did," Bloomberg told the trade group. "If they can't make the money they did, they can't provide the financing that this country and this world needs to create jobs and build infrastructure." He has not, as several Obama alumni have been quick to point out. And the vision the ads conjure up of a close partnership between "a great president and an effective mayor" leaves out the repeated criticism on a variety of issues that Bloomberg has leveled at Obama. In 2017, a week after President Donald Trump pulled out of the climate deal, Bloomberg said in an interview on Bloomberg TV, part of the media company he owns, that he wasn't too concerned about what Trump would do, because "it's hard to do less than the last administration did" on climate. "Obama did basically nothing," Bloomberg continued when pressed by the host. "That administration did almost nothing. Still, Bloomberg's embrace of Obama has frustrated no one more than Biden, whose campaign is largely built around his close relationship and partnership with his former boss. "He wouldn't even endorse Barack in 2008. He wouldn't endorse him," Biden lamented Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press." "You know, he endorsed Bush. He endorsed, you know, the Republican before that. All of a sudden, he's his best buddy." What a Fn DNC Circus this Clown is in. And this was in the news just recently .... The new school board quickly voted to rescind the Redhawks name. And this week, the board voted to reinstate Redmen, which first became the school mascot in 1939. Hoween Flexer, a Democratic member of the Killingly School Board, said, “The people told us what they wanted us not to do, and we did it anyway.” Doing what their electorate NEVER wanted them to do. That is your Democrat Party. I voted AGAINST Clinton last time, I'll be voting FOR Trump this time. Save America. TRUMP 2020