2006_12_bloombergmullet.jpgWe've heard Mayor Bloomberg speak (Mayor Monotone!), so after reading the lyrics to "Born to Run" as he and his staff performed it at the Mayor's staff holiday party, the idea of him singing was both frightening and irresistible. But now the NY Times reveals why government holiday parties really should become part of the public record:

At the annual holiday party for his staff on Thursday night, Mr. Bloomberg, wearing a T-shirt, jeans, mullet wig and bandanna, performed his own version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” imagining a successful campaign for president ending with a White House “painted saffron by Christo” and Washington playing host to the Olympics.

“We’ll win, you’ll see, and beat the G.O.P. and Democrats/Unite the country, make more jobs/And banish all trans fat,” Mr. Bloomberg sang, backed by an assortment of senior aides brandishing inflatable music instruments.

Referring to Kevin Sheekey, the architect of the Bloomberg-for-president notion and the only deputy mayor not present, the mayor added: “I know I said this job I’d keep/But Sheekey said, ‘Don’t be cheap/Only cost you half a bill-ion/’Cause folks like us, Baby, we were born to run.’ ”

Of course his writers didn't use "tramps"! But we were inspired enough to wonder what Mayor Bloomberg in a mullet would look like. As for running, Bloomberg still says he won't and that he's going to be mayor for the next three years, but he seems to be milking the speculation.

And get the real thing: Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.