Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker insisted he wasn't a hero when he rescued a neighbor from the smoke-filled second-floor bedroom of her burning home as embers fell on both of them, leaving the woman seriously injured and him with a burned hand. He was just being a friend, he said - and besides, he was terrified.
Au contraire, said those who flocked to Twitter at # corybookerstories Friday, competing to see who could capture the 6-foot-3 ex-All American football player's toughness and heroism in the most entertaining fashion.
A sampling of the tweets:
-Superman Wears `Cory Booker' Pajamas.
-Booker claims he was nowhere near the N. Korean long-range missile that broke apart after launch. I don't believe him.
-Cory Booker isn't afraid of Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th is afraid of Cory Booker.
-BREAKING NEWS: Cory Booker just found Carmen Sandiego.
-Ghosts sit around the campfire and tell Cory Booker Stories.
-You know the reason another Titanic never crashed? Cory Booker.
-When Chuck Norris has nightmares, Cory Booker turns on the light & sits with him until he falls back.
-Al gore thought he invented the internet until cory booker told him otherwise.
-One time I needed a kidney. Cory Booker instantly ripped out his own, handed it to me & flew away.
-Cory Booker takes his martini shaken, not stirred.
-After the incident, Smoke was treated for Cory Booker exposure.
-Cory Booker isn't bald, his hair is hiding from him.
-Cory Booker goes into Freddy Kreuger's dreams and fixes Elm Street's potholes.
Sticking to his “I am not a hero” story, Booker's Twitter response focused on fire safety:
“Grateful to #CoryBookerStories 4 bringing smiles. Fire safety, however, is a serious matter.” He included a link to the U.S. Fire Administration.
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