Nokia Stock- Mayor de Blasio offers COVID vax with burger and fries from Shake Shack
Want fries with that?
Mayor de Blasio took vaccination incentivization to the next level during his morning news briefing, munching on a hamburger and fries and regaling the city’s press corps about how he might fulfill his mayoral bucket list in his final year at City Hall.
De Blasio has been upbeat in recent weeks — a mood shift attributable, in part, to his nemesis Gov. Cuomo’s ongoing struggles with scandal, the city’s improving pandemic outlook and what appears to be a slight bout of senior-itis.
On Thursday, de Blasio touted the city’s incentives to get more New Yorkers vaccinated.
One of those goodies is a Shake Shack gift card — with the promise of free fries — for anyone who gets a shot over the next few days.
As he espoused the benefits of getting vaccinated, de Blasio channeled his inner Homer Simpson on Thursday while sitting at the dais, with french fries, a burger and a large soft drink positioned before him.
“Is it too early in the day to eat a burger? No? This could be breakfast?” he asked, turning to his chief spokesman Bill Neidhardt, who was off-camera, for a nod of approval.
Once that was settled, de Blasio turned back to the camera.
“I want you to look at this and think about — again some people love hamburgers, some don’t, I really want to respect all ways of life — but if this is appealing to you, just think of this when you think of vaccination,” he quipped, adding with a fully stuffed gob: “Mmmm … vaccination. I’m getting a very good feeling about vaccination right at this moment.”
De Blasio touted the opportunity for the vax-initiated to get free passes to a couple of the city’s big upcoming music festivals as well — a part of what he’s been predicting will be the Summer of New York City and the Summer of Joy.
The Global Citizen Live fest and the Governor’s Ball each plan to raffle off free tickets to people who’ve been vaccinated, according to the mayor.
To promote the promotion, de Blasio turned to Brooklyn-based musician King Princess.
“What’s up, Mr. Mayor?” she said over a remote video feed. “I’m good, man. I’m really, really excited to be a part of live music, especially now. It’s my life, and now more than ever people need that type of energy transfer, that type of performance to heal their souls.”
The lovefest didn’t end there.
De Blasio denied the “vicious rumors” that he was planning to buy a Shake Shack lunch for his staff and then tried to pawn off the responsibility, traditionally reserved for bosses, on Neidhardt. He gloated over the fact that he had a large soft drink — probably a no-no in the eyes of his predecessor Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And he speculated about what he might do to fill out his good-time-Charlie City Hall bucket list.
“Maybe I have to, like, you know, join one of the bands at the Governor’s Ball. I think that’s probably … you know, debut my musical stylings,” he said. “I’m going to think about that.”
Asked what songs he might sing, Hizzoner picked one from the Princess Nokia catalog, ‘Brujas.’
“There’s a particular line in there with the word ‘energy’ in it that, I think I wanna join the chorus for that,” he said. “That’s one of my wishes right there. You can follow up and do your research on that.
The line he referenced is “Don’t you f— with my energy.”
De Blasio drew the line at playing basketball in public, though.
Later in the afternoon, a City Hall press release promised he would “denounce gun violence, call for peace and play basketball” at a Brooklyn church.
Hizzoner praised the young basketball players there, but, sadly, didn’t grab the rock himself.