Annise Parker

  • Aired:  07/18/12
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Mayor Annise Parker highlights Houston's largest industries and talks about being the first openly gay mayor of a major American city. (5:32)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

FOLKS, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE MAYOR OF HOUSTON.

I ASSUME SHE'S HERE IN NEW YORK TO PICK UP JEREMY LIN.

PLEASE WELCOME THE HONORABLE ANNISE D.PARKER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) SORRY, SOMETIMES THEY DESERVE A DOUBLE DIP.

THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THROUGH HELL TONIGHT.

(LAUGHTER) NOW MADAM, YOUR EXCELLENCY, YOUR HONOR, WHAT DO YOU CALL THE MAYOR OF HOUSTON?

>> MAYOR.

>> Stephen: MARSHAL?

>> MAYOR IS FINE.

>> NO YOUR HONOR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?

>> MADAM MAYOR IF YOU'RE BEING FORMAL.

>> WELL, I'M ALL ABOUT FORMALITY NOW, ANNISE...

(LAUGHTER) YOU'RE THE MAYOR OF HOUSTON, AS I SAID.

FOR THE YANKEEISH OUT THERE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOUSTON, WE'RE

NOT TALKING ABOUT A RINKKY DINK 'BURB LIKE AKRON OR CHARLOTTE.

HOUSTON IS... TELL THE PEOPLE HOUSTON'S RANKING IN AMERICA.

>> WE'RE THE FOURTH-LARGEST ANY THE.

>> Stephen: NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, HOUSTON.

IT'S A HUGE CITY.

>> IT IS.

>> Stephen: IN YOUR FIRST TERM-- THIS IS YOUR SECOND TERM RIGHT NOW, HOUSTON ADDED OVER

125,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS,

BALANCED TWO CITY BUDGETS,

DIDN'T RAISE TAXES OR CUT POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS.

WHAT IS IT THAT HOUSTON'S GOT GOING ON THAT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY DOESN'T?

BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WATCH THE NEWS BUT IT'S LIKE

WE'RE REENACTING GOTHAM CITY IN THE REST OF AMERICA.

(LAUGHTER) ARE YOU THE BATMAN?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

I INVITE EVERYBODY TO COME TO HOUSTON AND CHECK IT OUT FOR THEMSELVES.

WE'RE A VERY LIVABLE CITY.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

LIVABLE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT YOU COMBINE THE HEAT OF TEXAS AND THE HUMIDITY OF NEW ORLEANS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WE HAVE JOBS.

>> OH, YOU HAVE JOBS.

JOBS AND AIR CONDITIONING.

>> WE'RE VERY... WE'RE A FOODY TOWN, WE'RE AN ARTS TOWN, WE'RE

A SPORTS TOWN, A THEATER TOWN,

ANYTHING YOU WANT IN THE BIG CITY ENOUGH HOUSTON PLUS WE HAVE

GOOD "OF LIFE, WE'RE AFFORDABLE AND WE HAVE JOBS.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE TERM JOBS.

WHERE ARE YOUR JOBS?

WHAT DO PEOPLE DO?

WHAT ARE THE INDUSTRY THERE IS?

>> ONLY THE BIGGEST.

WE HAVE THE LARGEST MEDICAL COMPLEX IN THE WORLD.

WE HAVE AMERICA'S LARGEST FOREIGN TONNAGE PORT.

WE HAVE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER WITH NASA AND AEROSPACE.

WE'RE A BIG MANUFACTURING CENTER

>> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT AN ODD COSMOPOLITAN QUALITY.

I WANT TO GET SOMETHING OUT THERE.

YOU ARE ALSO THE FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR OF A MAJOR CITY IN AMERICA.

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) I'M GOING TO PRETEND YOU ARE APPLAUDING FOR AMERICA AND NOT GAY.

(LAUGHTER) HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE THAT TEXAS-- TEXAS-- SIX SHOOTERS,

CONSERVATIVES, GEORGE BUSH, RICK PERRY, HOW IS HOUSTON ELECTING A GAY MAYOR?

NO OFFENSE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> NO OFFENSE TO ALL OF YOU AND THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT IT WAS

AN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SENSATION WHEN I WAS ELECTED BUT HOUSTON ELECTED ME SIX TIMES BEFORE THEY

ELECTED ME MAYOR.

>> Stephen: MAYBE IT WAS A FLUKE!

(LAUGHTER)

>> SIX TIMES.

AND THEY KNEW EVERY TIME.

I'M GOOD AT WHAT I DO.

AND HOUSTON IS VERY TOLERANT OF A LOT OF THINGS.

THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO, NOT WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU'RE FROM.

>> Stephen: THEY KNEW?

YOU DIDN'T HIDE THIS?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: SO YOUR STAFF SAID JUST GET IT OUT THERE.

>> I WAS A LESBIAN ACTIVIST BEFORE I BECAME MAYOR.

I WAS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR AND THEY ELECT MED SIX TIMES ALREADY.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU GET MARRIED IN TEXAS?

>> SURE I CAN GET MARRIED TO YOU IF YOU WEREN'T ALREADY MARRIED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: I'M FLATTERED.

(LAUGHTER) CAN TWO WOMEN GET MARRIED?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE A PARTNER.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHAT THE... WHAT IS SHE CALLED?

>> WELL, I CALL HER KATHY BUT...

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) NAFRJTS'S THE OFFICIAL TERM?

>> THE OFFICIAL TERM THE FIRST LADY.

WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER 21 YEARS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: COULD THE TWO OF YOU GET MARRIED IN TEXAS.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT'S RIGHT SNGT

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S RIGHT?

>> NO, BUT THERE ARE MORE THAN 250 OTHER MAYORS IN AMERICA THAT

FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO AND NOW OUR PRESIDENT THINKS THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE EQUAL MARRIAGE

RIGHTS AS WELL.

SO I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: AS MAYOR OF A TEXAS CITY DO YOU WALK AROUND THE STREETS IN A TEN-GALLON HAT WITH

YOUR THUMBS IN YOUR POCKETS WITH SIX SHOOTERS?

(LAUGHTER) SPITTING TOBACCO?

>> YOU HAD ME UNTIL THE TOBACCO.

>> Stephen: ONCE A YEAR DURING RODEO TIME I GET MY HAT AND BOOTS AND RIDE A HORSE DOWN THE

MIDDLE OF MAIN STREET.

>> Stephen: HONEST TO GOD?

>> HONEST TO GOD.

WE ALL DO.

>> Stephen: ALL OF YOU DO?

>> IT'S ONE OF THE SKILLS A HOUSTON MAYOR MUST HAVE.

YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE RODEO PARADE.

>> Stephen: OH, I THOUGHT YOU MEANT LESBIANS.

I'M SORRY.

(LAUGHTER)