From the NY Times:
Getting the Upper Hand on a Horse Named Bloomberg
Po-Ling Ng, the irrepressible director of the Open Door Senior Citizens Center in Chinatown, has figured out a formula for putting Mr. Bloomberg on the spot.
First, call him names.
Acting as the M.C. of her center’s annual Lunar New Year celebration on Tuesday, the energetic Ms. Ng first called Mr. Bloomberg a “horse,” but she meant no disrespect. She was simply pointing out that the mayor was born in the year of the horse. She also did something that few people would dare: call him by his last name, referring to him simply as “Bloomberg,” and thanking “our lovely Bloomberg.”
Second, demonstrate an astonishing familiarity with Mr. Bloomberg’s family.
Ms. Ng — who is also a horse, as she proudly boasted — noted that Mr. Bloomberg’s grandmother was born on Mott Street. She also presented him with a souvenir of two gold-plated horse wall hangings, signifying the bond between Mr. Bloomberg and his daughter Georgina, a competitive equestrian.
Third, demand money in front of hundreds of elderly citizens.
Ms. Ng praised Mr. Bloomberg for being smart and charitable. And she reminded him of a promise he once made.
“He knows how to make the money,” she said, eliciting big laughs from the crowd. “I said: ‘Bloomberg, you are so rich. You are so rich. Could you donate us some money from your personal package?’ So he said yes. He’s so sweet.”
Then, she put Mr. Bloomberg — a billionaire who is the richest person in the city but sometimes bristles when asked about his money — on the spot. “Will you keep your promise?
“Yes,” he said, a bit sheepishly.
Fourth, make sure he does not forget.
As yet another parting gift, Ms. Ng presented Mr. Bloomberg with a red envelope: a Chinese New Year tradition in which parents give money to children. Mr. Bloomberg’s envelope contained a $20 bill.
“When you see this lucky money,” she said, “you should give us the big check.”