What We Learned From Today’s Cory Booker Reddit Appearance

Newark mayor, everyday superhero, and Twitter regular Cory Booker took to Reddit today to participate in the message board’s “IAmA” question-and-answer feature. Here are some of the highlights:

What Cory Booker thought when he charged into that flaming building: “‘Please Lord get me and my neighbor out of here alive’ …. other brilliant things that probably flashed through my big bald head: ‘Fire - hot’; ‘can’t believe I’m so out of shape climbing a flight of stairs’; And ‘I wish I was faster.’”

How Ben & Jerry saved Cory Booker from a vegan life: “I tried to be vegan for a while. But that didn’t last long. There is something about those two guys I love so much, that I lean on, that I so badly just want to hug: Ben & Jerry — I couldn’t leave them … I think those guys need me too much. Ben … Jerry, I’m here for you … Call me …”

Why Cory Booker still hasn’t married the woman of his dreams, Lieutenant Uhura: “My father and I used to watch the original Star Trek and I was hooked. They are some of my greatest memories with my dad. So right now I’m ticked off that Eureka is being canceled, think that JJ Abrams is one of God’s great gifts and would be married now if Nichelle Nichols would remove the restraining order and allow me to propose.”

What Cory Booker would name a Newark NBA team: “Really sad the Nets are leaving. It is a long shot but I am working with others to bring NBA back to Newark. Our state should have a team and there is a fan base to support it. I was gung-ho to start a campaign for a team named The Brick City Bricks but I was quickly reminded by my friends that this would not be a good name for an NBA team.”

Why Cory Booker’s birth certificate will be harder to find than President Obama’s: “In 1961 the president was born in The United States. Contrary to him, I was born in Washington D.C. and it was 1969, given the challenges inside the beltway in those days I don’t think they will be able to find my birth certificate.”

And why Cory Booker really wasn’t criticizing Obama when he called campaign attacks on Mitt Romney’s private equity career “nauseating”: “From my position as mayor it is important for me to state that many banks and financial firms are HELPING our city. They are not ALL bad actors and in fact I reject any claim that vilifies the financial industry as a whole. I do not think that it is a responsible way to move our nation forward and it is NOT what President Obama is doing.”

Read the complete thread for Booker’s thoughts on having his dream job (really?) and why he thinks pot smokers should stop pretending they’re “participating in civil disobedience simply by smoking.”

Cory Booker Answers Questions on Reddit