Governor Saves A Duck Named Martin O'Malley
The cover of last year's edition of the Maryland Bay Game, a summer activity book for youngsters, was adorned with the smiling faces of then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), his wife, Kendel, and their two young sons, Drew and Joshua.
The 2007 cover is not as blatantly self-promotional, featuring a drawing of Captain John Smith, the first Englishman to explore the Chesapeake. But the book's official release on Saturday was a family affair nevertheless, with 9-year-old William O'Malley stealing the show.
Katie O'Malley, the wife of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), was billed as the featured speaker at the event, which was also attended by 4-year-old Jack. But after making a few remarks, the first lady turned the microphone over to William, who had fidgeted patiently while five others, including a Captain John Smith impersonator, spoke at some length to a crowd of a few dozen people gathered at City Dock in Annapolis.
"Wait, where's my speech!" William yelled jokingly, before launching into a rambling story that his mother had said would underscore the importance of children spending time outdoors in the summer.
William had spent the past week doing just that, the audience was told, on a fishing trip with his father in upstate New York. The governor was on crutches during the trip, recovering from a bone fracture in his left leg that emerged after running on a treadmill.
While fishing, a duck showed up, and William and his father decided to name him Thomas O'Malley, after William's late grandfather. Then a second duck arrived, who was dubbed Martin O'Malley.
Then a snapping turtle showed up and started attacking Martin O'Malley the duck. Then Martin O'Malley the governor started throwing rocks at the snapping turtle that was attacking Martin O'Malley the duck.
Somehow, William mused, Martin O'Malley the duck seemed to realize that Martin O'Malley the governor was trying to help him, rather than add to his predicament by throwing rocks at him.
In any event, the effort finally proved successful, and the snapping turtle backed off. But not all was well.
"Martin O'Malley the duck had a broken leg, too," William told the crowd, just moments before Jack, who was being held by his mother, tried to grab the microphone.
The event was soon over.
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