In front of hundreds of screaming teenage girls at J & R Electronics store — with thousands more snaking the sidewalk outside — Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a likely candidate for mayor in 2013, declared today to be a “very, very special” day for a certain pop sensation.
“I want to present to you Justin, on behalf of the 1.6 million people that live in Manhattan, a very, very special proclamation and to recognize J & R Electronics as a mainstay of this community,” Mr. Stringer announced, pausing for effect. “So on behalf of the people of Manhattan and the power invested in me as Manhatan Borough President, I hereby declare ‘Justin Bieber J & R Appreciation Day’ in the Borough of Manhattan!”
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“Proud to be an American”-gate is far from being over, especially if you live on Staten Island.
If you’re just paying attention now, the entire controversy started when a New York City school replaced the famously patriotic song with Justin Bieber’s “Baby” for a kindergarten graduation ceremony, a move that caused Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm to declare, “Justin Bieber is not a Substitute for American Patriotism.”
Other Staten Island pols, including the GOP opponent for Democratic State Senator Diane Savino, reacted similarly. However, Ms. Savino wasn’t especially impressed with either Republican’s flag-waving rhetoric on the issue.
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm now has a beef with Justin Bieber.
The problem? A kindergarten graduation ceremony decided to replace “Proud to be an American” with Justin Bieber’s “Baby Love” and the Department of Education is cool with it.
Mr. Grimm declared his outrage with the Canadian pop sensation situation in a four-paragraph statement his office sent out today with the title, “Rep. Grimm: Justin Bieber is not a Substitute for American Patriotism.”