The Mayor of Los Angeles believes he can fly. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's inner bird came out Tuesday as he did a priceless interpretive dance to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."

In the KFI video above, Villaraigosa has the time of his life flapping his "wings," dancing and lip syncing. At one point, his wings even appear to lift him out of his seat a few inches. It's really quite inspirational.

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And he's not the first elected official to test his swagger. From Tom DeLay on "Dancing with the Stars" to Hillary Clinton grinding in Colombia, politicians embarrassing themselves on the dance floor is a proud American tradition.

UPDATE: Since the story's been published, the video went private. You'll have to take our word for it when it comes to Villaraigosa's scintillating lip-syncing skills. Why so embarrassed, Mr. Mayor? As the slideshow below shows, you're in good company.

UPDATE II: And it's back up! The Mayor's interpretive dance is an inspiration to us all.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are more than just the leaders of the free world -- they're leaders on the dance floor. Check out their moves, along with other less-coordinated electeds:

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  • Barack Obama

  • Al Gore

  • Dmitry Medvedev

  • George W. Bush

  • Madeleine Albright

  • Karl Rove

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Colin Powell

  • Prince Charles

  • Michele Bachmann

  • Cory Booker

  • Al Sharpton

  • Michelle Obama