Bloomberg Love Affair With Lady Gaga Upstages State of the City Speech
By DNAinfo Staff on January 12, 2012 2:11pm
By Jill Colvin and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — The love affair continues.
In a parody video played before his annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg bopped awkwardly after asking a livery cab driver to flip on some Lady Gaga, with whom he shared a very public smooch on New Year's Eve in Times Square.
In the clip, which was played before the mayor's address at the Morris High School Campus in the Bronx, Bloomberg hails a livery cab to take him to the speech, in a nod to recently signed legislation aimed at bringing more yellow cabs to the outer boroughs.
Along the way, he asks the driver to turn on the radio and play some Lady Gaga.
When the driver flips on Bloomberg radio, the mayor says: "No. Not that. What about something with Lady Gaga?"
Hizzoner can then be seen busting some moves in the back of the cab as the music plays.
During the ride, he bumps into a friendly cast of characters. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott (wearing an 'I heart NYC schools' t-shirt') and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, both avid marathon runners, outrace the cab by foot.
Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson are, of course, traveling by bike. Bloomberg yells at them to "stay in the bike lanes," one of the mayor's major policy projects during his three terms in office.
He also passes former Mayor Ed Koch, who asks his trademark question, "How am I doing?" and asks whether the mayor will consider naming the George Washington Bridge after him, too.
"Welcome to my bridge!" he later shouts from the recently re-named Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
Lady Gaga also made an appearance in the mayor's speech, during a push for more companies to offer experience to kids. Without his high school internship at an electronics company, said the mayor, "I’m not sure where I would be today. But I am pretty sure I wouldn't be kissing Lady Gaga on New Year's Eve."
But even the video, which had the audience in stitches, wasn't enough to earn some critics' praise.
"The first thing I would have done is pay the cab fare," quipped Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is eyeing to replace the mayor in 2013.