Reportedly Bush wanted the Brooklyn Bridge to be sold to an overseas buyer, with one percent of the proceeds to go the City of New York and ninety-nine percent to Delta Funding, the Long Island based company that has conned tens of thousands of elderly minority women into mortgages they could not afford.
"He's nothing but a Shylock," Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano was said to have exclaimed, referring to President Bush, when he heard about the bridge language.
"What's in it for the Bronx?"
When members of the New York delegation forcefully told Bush that that deal would not fly (or sail or walk), Bush squashed it and it was not included in the proposal that Treasury Secretary Paulson eventually submitted to Congress.
However, the Paulson proposal did contain, again, reportedly, a side document embedded with language that was a sweetener for the New York Congressmembers, who were sworn to secrecy about the deal.
The possible loose canon in this arsenal is Congressman Serrano, who according to one source spilled the whole can of smelly East River beans to one of his aides.
"Hey, would you buy the Brooklyn Bridge or anything else from the guy who sold us the Iraq war?" Serrano said to the aide, according to a source.
"I mean, how dumb does he think we are?"
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