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Peebles rips Fenty on refusal to meet with Angelou, Height

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Millionaire developer Donahue "Don" Peebles, who was the guest speaker of a meeting of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, didn't make news Thursday night. There were no surprises, but he drew gasps when he made an off-the-cuff remark about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

Peebles, who continued to say he "will not run at this time" against the mayor, deviated from his prepared speech when he talked about efforts by the Fenty administration to evict a nonprofit headed by former first lady Cora Masters Barry from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

The episode led to court intervention and an eventual retreat by the Fenty administration. At the time, he twice declined meeting with civil rights icon Dorothy Height and poet Maya Angelou, who were interested in speaking to him on Barry's behalf.

Peebles said he could not believe the treatment of the women and noted that Height could get a meeting with President Obama. "She can get 10 minutes in the Oval Room, but she can't get five minutes in the Wilson Building," he said.

But that wasn't the zinger. Here it is: "Someday, his wife is going to be former first lady of this city. Then, I realized that he probably doesn't have much respect for her."

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 28, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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Posted by: cbmuzik | January 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Double ouch. but sounds deserving.

Posted by: larry40 | January 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Big deal.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

That was more than a zinger. That was "black eye". WOW!

Posted by: candycane1 | January 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Ms Cinderalla and Papa Don would not be received well in the hood. So,
head on back down to the sunshine state.

Posted by: bill121 | January 28, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Now that's the type of Mayor I'd like to see running DC, one with......

Posted by: ENJOYA | January 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Those are fighting words...let the beat down begin....

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | January 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Heights and Angelou are has beens who think more highly of themselves than they ought too; but Peebles is 100% correct about Fenty, and hopefully his wife will be the ex-First Lady of DC beginning Jan 2011.

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 28, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the taxicab bully is about to get bullied himself.

Posted by: starclimber9 | January 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Fenty still doesn't get it. Pledge season is coming up on Howard's Campus. Maybe he needs to get back on line.

Posted by: gordonbundy | January 28, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: nivla | January 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

What a cheap shot. They were running an organization that failed to file the proper paperwork & instead of taking the time to properly govern the organization they want a meeting with the mayor who has much more important things to worry about. He was right to deny them a meeting. The mayor is accountable to an entire citizens, not just two old women who think too highly of themselves. The comment about the mayor's wife was unwarranted.

Posted by: loved1 | January 29, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

@loved1, Dorothy Height and Maya Angelou have done immeasurable good for the African American community not only in the District of Columbia but in the entire nation. Your pip-squeak slight on their value more than likely is a personification of your lack of personal value than theirs.

Fenty's disrespect of Cora Masters Barry, a Former First Lady, is the subject of Don's comparative analysis. It wasn't a low blow. It was the truth.

As the Emergency Room Department at PG Hospital Center.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 29, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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