Finance - April 13, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Grace Under Pressure

CBS News (and all of the major news outlets) reports that Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker saved a young woman from a fire in his neighborhood last evening.

Returning home with his staff and security detail, Booker noticed that his neighbor’s house was on fire and, arriving on the scene, was told by a woman that her daughter was trapped in a bedroom upstairs. Over the objections of his own security, Booker rushed into the burning building and fought through the flames to rescue the young woman.

Booker said: “Thankfully she started yelling out to me and I was able to find her through all the smoke. At that point I grabbed her."

He admitted he was "not gentle" with her - "I just sort of threw her over my shoulder and dragged her through the kitchen."

According to reports, Booker punched through the kitchen and the flames. He suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation. The woman suffered second-degree burns on her back. But is grateful to be alive.

Editor’s note:

Today’s politicians get deserved criticism for participating in a surreal carnival of hyper partisanship and empty rhetoric. Sometimes things get very real and character is tested.

Cory Booker passed that test of character this week.