Earlier this week, Mayor Bloomberg made a speech where he said has his “own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.” The speech was covered by Hunter Walker on the New York Oberserver’s Politicker NY blog, along with this modest gem from the mayor: “I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”
Now, the mayor’s words have led to an international incident of epic proportions: they’ve been given the Taiwanese animation treatment.
Graham Rayman wrote yesterday that Bloomberg’s claim that the NYPD was the world’s seventh largest army was completely true absolutely false. Regardless of its inaccuracy, the mayor’s thinking here is incredibly revealing about how he’s feeling about the power he holds in his third term.
Walker is a Runnin’ Scared alum, and we admit we’d probably feel exactly as he did if a story of ours led to a Taiwanese animation:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2011