Tom Menino outlasted a generation of political contemporaries who once dreamed of becoming mayor. With this week’s State of the City address, the five-term mayor put another generation of dreamers on hold.
A long bout with serious illness spawned speculation that Menino no longer has what it takes to run Boston. But he quashed that story line, first, by nimbly using a cane to navigate a 50-foot walk to a specially constructed stage at Faneuil Hall. Then he gave a speech that so exceeded expectations it might go down as the best one ever delivered by the eloquence-challenged mayor.