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In State of the City speech, one missing word

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his 2016 State of the City address at Symphony Hall.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his 2016 State of the City address at Symphony Hall. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

After his State of the City Speech, Mayor Martin J. Walsh faced a crush of reporters squeezed near the stage of Symphony Hall.

It had been a long day, but Walsh exhibited his typical patience with the press. He took questions about chronic veterans’ homelessness and universal preschool for 4-year-olds.

Like most politicians, Walsh answered some questions, deflected others, and at times changed the subject. But the mayor kept smiling.

The grin faded when Andy Metzger of State House News Service posed a question. Walsh’s speech lasted 30 minutes and included more than 3,100 words. One word that wasn’t mentioned?

Olympics.

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A year ago as Walsh delivered his first State of the City address, Symphony Hall was abuzz about Boston potentially hosting the 2024 Summer Games. Facing a public backlash, the Walsh administration abandoned the bid in July.

On Tuesday, Metzger’s question was simple: “You didn’t mention the Olympics at all in your speech. That was a bid deal last year.”

“Why would I?” Walsh said, sounding peeved. “So you could write about it?”


Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.