To enthusiastic applause and cheers, a smiling Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino walked into Faneuil Hall tonight to deliver his 20th State of the City address, using a cane but appearing much recovered from the health problems that have dogged him since last fall.
“I have some words of wisdom. You don’t want to hear my words of wisdom?” he quipped as he took to the lectern.
When the crowd quieted down, someone yelled, “Four more years!” Menino laughed and another round of applause swept through the hall.
A host of elected officials from the local, state, and federal levels, including US Representatives Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch who are expected to battle for the Democratic nomination in a special election for the US Senate, had gathered at the historic hall for the speech.
Menino’s 50-foot walk on the red carpet and the way he intones his remarks were expected be closely scrutinized because Menino is returning to the public stage after the longest absence of his career, a trying stretch that has included an eight-week hospital stay and continued convalescence as he has struggled to walk.
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