Photos: Seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record
Most politicians like to hear themselves talk, but Mayor Michael Hancock may have taken an appreciation for his own voice to a new level over the past three years. During that time, the mayor has recorded at least seventeen messages that been played inside the terminal trains at Denver International Airport. It has all been done in the name of art, of course, since the recording, known as "Train Call," is actually a public art piece -- although a much less menacing one that Leo Tanguma's gas mask-clad marauder in "New World Order."
Denver International Airport
But the latest message raised a few eyebrows. That's because Hancock, a Democrat in a predominantly left-leaning city, was welcoming the 24-member Republican National Convention's site-selection committee, who were in town June 9-11 to evaluate whether Denver should play host to the next Clint Eastwood chair-a-thon in 2016.
"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the entire RNC Site Selection Committee. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly people makes us the perfect host for the 2016 Convention," the message said.
Hancock has done messages for specific events in the past. For instance, he wished Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin good luck before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
He's also cheered on "the USA's women golfers as they compete in the Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club" in August 2013 and wished "all the cyclists from around the world a safe and enjoyable journey as they race 600 miles through our beautiful state in the USA Pro Challenge" that same month.
But this one was different because it was highly specific (it was targeted toward just 24 people) and oddly divisive, since politics don't usually put people at ease -- something that airports try to do for their travelers. And that's all well and good with us. In fact, we've come up with a list of other very specific, possibly divisive messages that the mayor could record as part of the next "Train Call" message. Count them down below.
Number 7: Maureen Dowd
"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly marijuana salespeople remind you to read the instructions before you consume edibles."
Number 6: Denver Comic Con
"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the cast of Star Trek Deep: the Next Generation, in town for Denver Comic Con. We hope that our vibrant planet and friendly Ferengi makes us the perfect host. Make it so."
Continue to keep counting down seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record.