On the list of things that happen when you’re the mayor (there is a long list, I’m quickly realizing), is the opportunity to share your thoughts with people through local TV interviews. This week I spent a few hours meeting with reporters from each of the four local TV stations.
We talked about a range of things – how my first week is going, what my priorities are in my first year, what my biggest challenge will be, even what I listen to on my iPod when I run.
(If you’re wondering, I listen to podcasts, in addition to a range of music. The incomplete list includes soul, country, pop and classic rock.)
In case you didn’t get to see them on the evening news, I wanted to share them here with you.
Tom Hauser with KSTP-TV was also here. They included a photo gallery documenting moving day, which you can see here.
The reporters and their cameramen got to visit on the first day we moved into the official office. Up until Tuesday, we were working out of transition offices on the first floor of City Hall while our fantastic city employees cleaned up the mayor’s office on the third floor, patching holes in the walls, repainting and getting the furniture set up for my new staff. It was very exciting to move into the official mayor’s office, though now I have plenty of unpacking and organizing to do.
One of the highlights of the move was a bouquet of flowers from one of Minneapolis’s sister cities.
The flowers – in addition to being beautiful – were sent to me from our sister city in Najaf, Iraq. The flowers included a picture of people from the Muslim Peacemaker Team holding signs congratulating me on becoming the mayor of Minneapolis. I was touched by the incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture.
Thank you to everyone for the thoughtful notes and gifts, and to the reporters and cameramen who allowed me the opportunity to share my vision with their viewers. I have to say, I’m discovering one of the great things about being mayor is that I have the privilege to be the messenger for the hopes, visions and dreams of Minneapolis residents. So really, when you see me on TV, what you’re really seeing is you – and everything you and your neighbors have shared with me over the past year.
Time to get back to work… and somehow find time to unpack.