From the Daily News:
Speaking before the Rev. Al Sharpton's birthday party, Hazel Dukes noted that Liu - elected the city's first Asian-American councilman in 2001 - was on hand for the festivities.
"I see John Liu here - he's been the little Asian boy running around with us a long time [in] the NAACP," Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, warmly said to laughter during Sharpton's weekly radio broadcast. "But Rev. [Sharpton], he was a good guy, so we said, 'Come on, come on, come on - we can make you what you want to be,'" Dukes continued to more chuckles and applause as Liu, 42, sat on the stage with a bemused smile.
Bidding Sharpton a happy 55th, Liu also poked a little fun at his own heritage - or maybe just goofed on his own singing abilities. "You know the way Asian-Americans sing 'Happy Birthday,' right? They go, 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY,'" Liu jokingly boomed as the audience broke into laughter. "That's about all you want to hear from me, okay? Happy birthday, Al Sharpton."