The Michael Bloomberg show, with Jimmy Fallon
Mayor Michael Bloomberg got a very warm reception last night during an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," during which the host thanked him for "keeping the city amazing and alive."
When Fallon asked the mayor if he thought Rick Santorum should drop out of the Republican primary, the mayor said, "You know, I shouldn’t be giving anybody advice."
"Yes you should!" exclaimed Fallon. "That’s what made you a billionaire! You give people advice."
"I know you don’t want to, but do you ever one day, just like sometimes in the afternoon, go like, ‘I guess I could win right now if I ran for president,’" Fallon later asked. "Because there’s some times where, Obama’s like, approval rating is so low, and no one, they don’t like Romney now, so it’s like there’s nobody ..."
Bloomberg said it was a mistake to pay too much attention to the polls, and he's got a better job anyway.
“The mayor’s job is you’re hands-on all the time," he said.
"And the mayor can do a lot of things that the president just can’t," Bloomberg added. "The president’s in this bubble all the time. He can’t walk the streets. I walk the streets of New York City without worrying about it. I take the subway without worrying about it. The Secret Service would never let the president do that. And I love the city."
"You're doing a great job," said Fallon.
The host explained: "I was born in Brooklyn and I was raised in upstate New York, but I came back to the city and got my career started here, and I’ve gotta say, it’s that spirit out there and the people of the city, and you keep feeding that spirit, and thank you so much for keeping the city amazing and alive."
Fallon asked the mayor if he could offer any words of wisdom for all the college and high-school students watching the show.
The camera zoomed in on Bloomberg.
"Yeah, number one, you’re gonna have to work all your life and the harder you work, the luckier you get," said the mayor. "And my strategy has always been to be the first one in and the last one out. I’m not smarter than the other guy, but I can work as hard."
"And number two, the advice I would always give to young people is, get rid of the words ‘I’ and ‘me’ out of your vocabulary and change them to ‘we’ and ‘us.’ You don’t do anything by yourself."
When the mayor finished, Fallon once again praised him.
"That’s good, I like that," he said. "A very generous man right there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, everybody!"