From the Wall Street Journal:
City Comptroller John Liu, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 5 and this year became the first Asian-American to hold citywide elected office, admits to some very lofty ambitions: Beyond merely wanting to become mayor, he'd aspire to the White House if the Constitution allowed.
"I would very much like to be the president of the United States and the leader of the free world," the 43-year-old former City Council member said during an interview in his fifth-floor Municipal Building office, where mice occasionally are seen scurrying.
"I'd like to do anything that allows me to have the maximum impact possible—impact in terms of making changes that I feel are necessary, and there are lots of changes I feel are necessary in the world, certainly in this country and certainly in this city," Mr. Liu said. "So, I will always look to see what I can do."
Mr. Liu, completing on Friday his first year in office as the city's chief financial officer, knows full well that becoming president—while not impossible, he points out—would be very difficult because the Constitution prohibits the foreign-born from serving as commander in chief.
Not that being mayor of New York is anything to sniff at. Mr. Liu calls it "the second most important job in this country."
"Don't tell Andrew that," he added with a smirk, referring to New York's incoming governor, Andrew Cuomo.
Naked ambition—a blessing or a curse, depending on the observer and the situation—has dominated every aspect of Mr. Liu's near decade in New York public life.