In January 2009, Guardino looked at me during budget discussions and said, "George, look. The economy is turning the corner. With Obama taking office, everything is going to be fine. We can handle another year of running a deficit and by next year everything will be back to normal. Trust me on this one. Work with us. There is going to be plenty of new green jobs coming soon... I want your support on this budget even though it does run a deficit.... You're gonna be mayor in a couple of years.... I need your support so we can have a consensus on the council and move our city forward..."