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Photos: Seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record

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"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the entire RNC Site Selection Committee. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly people makes us the perfect host for the 2016 Convention," the message said.

(Listen to "Train Call" here.)

Hancock has done messages for specific events in the past. For instance, he wished Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin good luck before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

He's also cheered on "the USA's women golfers as they compete in the Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club" in August 2013 and wished "all the cyclists from around the world a safe and enjoyable journey as they race 600 miles through our beautiful state in the USA Pro Challenge" that same month.

But this one was different because it was highly specific (it was targeted toward just 24 people) and oddly divisive, since politics don't usually put people at ease -- something that airports try to do for their travelers. And that's all well and good with us. In fact, we've come up with a list of other very specific, possibly divisive messages that the mayor could record as part of the next "Train Call" message. Count them down below.

Number 7: Maureen Dowd "This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly marijuana salespeople remind you to read the instructions before you consume edibles." Number 6: Denver Comic Con "This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the cast of Star Trek Deep: the Next Generation, in town for Denver Comic Con. We hope that our vibrant planet and friendly Ferengi makes us the perfect host. Make it so." Continue to keep counting down seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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