Rybak gets one last chance to crowd surf as mayor

Video of remarks by Rybak and his family at his "Unaugural" party at First Avenue Dec. 18

Mayor Rybak dives into the crowd at his party at First Avenue. Credit: Photo by Brent Nelson

Mayor R.T. Rybak celebrated his “Unaugural” party at First Avenue on Dec. 18 and dove into the crowd one last time as mayor after he reflected on his 12 years in office and members of his family made some remarks.

Rybak’s daughter Grace read a letter from President Barack Obama praising the mayor for “moving Minneapolis forward” and calling him one of his “dearest friends.”

Rybak thanked his staff and people of Minneapolis for “taking a leap of faith” and electing him to office 12 years ago. 

“I’ve learned an incredible amount along the way and I’ve made a ton of mistakes. I cannot count the mistakes I’ve made, but the beautiful thing about it is there is a lot of responsibility that sits on your shoulders as a mayor,” he said. “When I got it right what I remembered to do was open the door. … When I remembered not to stay in the office but get out there and depend on you, I got some stuff done.”

He also called Kevin Kling up on stage and named him the “story laureate” of Minneapolis.