Houston’s Madam Mayor Annise D. “The Batman” Parker was the guest on last night’s Colbert Report.
In introducing Parker, Colbert joked
She, however, passed through Colbert Nation on her way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in nearby Philadelphia. I take that to mean The Colbert Report had its choice of mayors and Parker came out on top.
What does Houston have going for it?
We’re a foodie town, we’re an arts town, we’re a sports town, a theater town, anything you want in a big city you have in Houston, plus we have a good quality of life, we’re affordable and we have jobs.
Yep. An arts town and a theater town. She neglected to mention one of the best restaurants in the country is a nice walk from her house.
Colbert also mocked Houston when noting Parker would be his guest:
I’ll ask her how she broke it to her parents that she wanted to live in Houston
While people enjoy or at least make the best of living in Houston for the above things, they live in Houston for the jobs.
That’s right. Johnson Space Center is still going strong.
When Colbert asked how it’s possible that Parker is the first openly gay mayor of a major American city — insulting Portland, Oregon and ignoring that Houston is one of the largest cities in the world to accomplish such a feat. Parker wisely noted Houston elected her six times before electing her mayor and explained
Houston is very tolerant of a lot of things; they want to know what you can do, not who you are or where you’re from.
Admittedly, I was disappointed Parker failed to mention Houston is the most diverse big city in America.
Watch the full interview:
Only time will tell what the Colbert Bump will mean for Mayor Parker.
- Justin Gillenwater