Hurricane Sandy has provided politicians across the Northeast with an excellent opportunity to prove how much they care about their constituencies — especially via social media, the easiest means by which public officials can demonstrate how ~in touch~ they are with real people.
But Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has truly redefined the concept of civil servitude by going above and beyond by helping his Twitter followers search for their relatives, locate supplies, and de-stress; he invited some New Jerseyites OVER TO HIS HOUSE to power their electronic equipment and “relax.”
He’s asked people to contact him directly (via Twitter Direct Message) so he can come over and charge their cell phones, and, earlier today, he invited a neighbor over to his house to charge her devices and watch DVDs. According to another recent tweet, he also had lunch delivered for the now “twelve or so” people hanging out at his place. What a guy. Bloomberg, can we come over?
Here are some of his other tweets:
Dude. Cory Booker is truly a superhero.
Wow. That is way above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you, Mr. Mayor!!!!
“Perhaps the problem, [Robin Rosenberg] suggests, doesn’t lie in the gifted Bruce Wayne, but in the people who assume something has to be wrong with him in the first place. Perhaps we’re just not accustomed to his kind of self-sacrifice. ‘People who are truly selfless,’ she says, ‘who have given so much of themselves, are confusing to most of us. And I think some of us, in cynical moments, say, “There must be something the matter with someone who would do that.”’
She argues that our confusion at why Bruce Wayne would throw himself in the path of all manner of catastrophes misses the point that there’s something in it for him, too. ‘I think it misses that it’s about getting a whole life,’ she says. ‘He experienced something that is terrifying as a kid, but his decision to become Batman gave his life meaning and purpose. It found a silver lining in tragedy.’ And perhaps there’s something in it for the rest of us: ‘The idea of superheroes that we carry around in our heads may help us to actually do good in our own lives.’”
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