Video: Staten Island tirade

updated 10/11/2007 2:49:51 PM ET 2007-10-11T18:49:51

An obscenity-laced video of a city councilman kicking a Norwegian interviewer out of his office has drawn a bigger audience than he’s ever had at City Hall.

The video of New York City Councilman James Oddo and a woman using the fake interview format made famous by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ali G character has been viewed more than 415,000 times since it went up on YouTube just a few days ago.

The Staten Island council member is first seen in the 96-second clip welcoming Pia Haraldson of a Norwegian comedy show into his office.

After she asks some bizarre questions about Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton — including how Obama, as an African American, can run for president if he’s not a U.S. citizen — he demands that she leave his office in a burst of profanity.

Oddo has apologized for his language but not for getting angry.

“My language was inappropriate, I’m apologetic for it, I regret it,” Oddo told local channel NY-1. “I don’t regret the sentiment.”

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