I love this city. It is true. Yes, it has rained nonstop for about 48 hours. I haven’t seen the sun except in magazine pictures. The police are suing, the bridges are falling, and the pigeons are pissy as usual. But I still love the city.
Bobby O’Connor does too and wants to make sure everyone else does. He’s being sworn in today at noon on the steps of the City Council Building.
So what do you think his first order of business should be? Toss a few back with Lukey boy, the 25-year-old City Council Prez and talk budget? Sit the police down and discuss the lawsuit? Talk to the Penguins to ensure they stay in town?
No, Bobby says one of the first things he’s going to do is this:
For example, O’Connor said, one of his first acts after taking office will be to meet with the city’s cab drivers “and make sure they’re all positive and pro-Pittsburgh” when bringing guests into town.
Whew! That is important stuff. I mean, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten into a cab and heard a gruff voice say, “The hell is a pretty thing like you doing in this God-forsaken, shitty, rat hole of a city?”
Are visitors from out of town getting into cabs at the airports and then being taken on negative and anti-Pittsburgh tours of the Hill, Fifth/Forbes, and the prison?
Is he serious? Make sure the cabbies are positive and pro-Pittsburgh?!?!
I just … [shrug].
It goes on:
“This is a real celebration of the city of Pittsburgh,” said Anna Dobkins, O’Connor’s inaugural coordinator. “I was on the campaign with Bob, and the point that really resonated with me when Bob was speaking in public was that we need to feel good about ourselves in Pittsburgh.”
Yes, feeling good about ourselves is totally going to take care of this city’s financial issues. I mean, if we’re all drunk and high on ecstasy all the time and feelin’ good about ourselves, who gives a crap about being taxed to poverty? We FEEL GOOD!
We’re good enough. We’re smart enough. And gosh darn it … people like us!
Now THERE’s a title for the song for the City of Pittsburgh in 2008.