Ever wonder what folks working for sustainable transportation at the federal level are up against on K Street? For this Streetfilms exclusive event, we were granted unfettered access to Veronica Moss, lobbyist for Automobile Users Trade Organization (AUTO). Veronica gave us a few precious moments inside her SUV to talk about roads, traffic, cyclists, and big cities. After instructing us on proper honking techniques for "old people" and children, she also offered up some choice bons mots. Here's a sample:
"People need to be able to drive their cars - that's an American right!"
"Bikers are a pimple on the butt of any city."
If you love Veronica, make sure to check out our mockumentary on The Search for the Zozo, where she also makes an appearance.
UPDATE: 3/29/2012 And congratulations to Kate McKinnon for being added to the cast of SNL! She was so good as Veronica Moss. SNL could not have picked a funnier gal!
<cite class="speaker_1" >Veronica Moss:</cite>
[0:13] Get in. This is my "Nav". My Lincoln Navigator. So I go down to Washington and I just am there saying, "Hold up. What about cars? What about the cars?" There are not enough roads for cars. People need to be able to drive their cars. That is an American right. This is a city for people who have to get things done.And they need cars to get things done. You are going to get me where I need to go aren't you? And you are going to do it perfectly because you were made with precision and with love. Bikers are a pimple on the butt of any city. Bikers think that they own the road. They dodge in front and they dart... And I feel unsafe.Go buddy, go. Go. That's right. Good. I don't carry a weapon. Well, this is a weapon. No, it's not... It's my sweetheart. I'm sorry. Hi, I'm Veronica Moss. I got this puppy when I was 16, my sweet 16 present. When I am going to buy groceries or when I'm going to pick up stuff, I bring the land boat, my Hummer. But this is just... This is my day tripper.OK. Let's go. You can be a beep here or you can beep here. You see a child. You see an old person, that's what I like. It's like child, old person. And if it is an adult, I don't even beep. I just swerve around them and scare them because they should be scared because this is a big car. And you are not just a vehicle and you are not just a machine, are you?You are mommy's sweet little boy, and I love you and appreciate you for all that you do. And I am going to take care of you until you have a 100,000 miles, and then I am going to get a new one.