On Thursday New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio was widely criticized for keeping NYC schools open during a severe snow storm. The most publicized criticism came via Twitter from NBC News weatherman Al Roker. On Friday morning's Today Show Roker stood by his remarks, except for his forecast that DeBlasio would be a one-term mayor.
The segment began with Today's Willie Geist giving some of the behind the scenes of Roker's Twitter attacks during a cast dinner in Sochi Russia (they were covering Olympics). He then threw it over to Roker for comment:
Well, look, I understand one of the reasons they keep the schools open is because kids -- a lot of kids count on the meals they get at school. I understand that. But other cities have those issues, too. And they close schools. It's about safety. Safety first, the children, that's what we talk about. Parents who can't afford to stay home. I get that, too. But, again, what's more difficult? To know your kids are going to stay home? Or all of a sudden figure out how to get them home when school lets out early. I will say, the one tweet I do regret in the heat -- I’m very passionate about the weather. I made a prediction there would be only one term of his administration. I apologize for that. That was -- that was a little below the line. But everything else, I still stand by. Including the fact that the national weather service did forecast that on Wednesday.