As the two appeared on The View, they appeared to be a very charming couple. In the capacity of a proud interracially married duo, Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray are the perfect example of nuptial bliss.
He is a white man while his wife, Barbara Walters, is African American. But they have never let that subtle difference come between their affection and adoration for each other. In fact, over 20 years of a memorable time together, their bond has only become stronger.
The Mayor presented Barbara Walters, who took their interview, with an award and said that from now onwards May 16th will be celebrated as Barbara Walters Day in NYC. That is the day when she is planning on retiring.
“For over 50 years, Barbara, you have been a living legend in this town. You have done so much for this city,” de Blasio said. Barbara has been on the media circuit and she had become a sort of icon representing the spirit of questioning important people regarding their lives.
“I didn’t expect this. It’s very kind,” Barbara Walters said, adding to first lady Chirlane McCray, “I can see why you married him. He’s one swell guy.”
It’s been 55 years since Barbara Walters has been hosting shows. And while she will be making the occasional appearance on air, on the whole she will be taking a backseat and relaxing since she needs a break after such a long time.
The previous mayor (Michael Bloomberg) had joked with Barbara about the two of them eloping with each other in order to get married later on. Since de Blasio is already happily married with Chirlane McCray, this won’t be happening in his case.
But he sure has made Barbara happy by presenting such an honorable title in recognition of her services. De Blasio spoke of how he fell madly in love with his wife when they were very young so many years ago.
He also mentioned how his mother could hardly come to terms with the fact that he had tied the knot with a Black American woman. But later on when he had children, his mother came along time after time and even became friendly with McCray.
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