Al Roker Sorry for 'Low Blow' Tweet About De Blasio School Snow Decision

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Friday, 14 Feb 2014 02:54 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Al Roker apologized Friday for predicting only one term for New York City's freshly-minted Mayor Bill DiBlasio in an impassioned tweet about the mayor's decision to keep public schools open during this week's snowstorm.

Roker, who talked about his daughter attending school there, blasted the DiBlasio for his decision to keep New York City Schools open on Thursday via Twitter.

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Earlier, Roker, who is assisting NBC News with Winter Olympic coverage in Sochi, Russia, expressed his anger after learning his daughter was released from school earlier in bad weather.

Roker said on "Today" Friday that while he stands by his criticism of DiBlasio's keeping schools open, he said tying that into politics was a "low blow." He said his only concern was for the children and their parents being put in hazardous weather conditions.

"I do have one tweet that I do regret in the heat — I'm very passionate about the weather," Roker said, according to "Today." "I made a prediction that there would be only one term of his administration. I apologize for that. That was a little below the line."

De Blasio responded to Roker's criticism Thursday during a news conference, wrote "Today, saying Thursday "It's a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV. I respect all the meteorologists out there, but the one I respect the most is called the National Weather Service... and they just affirmed to us on the call before we came out to you, that this went faster and heavier than their projections last night."

The mayor was hammered by supporters as well as foes for his decision to keep school open.

"Allies of Mr. de Blasio, including the City Council speaker and the head of the city teachers' union, all said the mayor had been misguided," The New York Times wrote Thursday. "The National Weather Service, whose forecast he suggested was inaccurate, insisted the projections it gave to city officials had proved correct."

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