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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 12/29/2010

The New Year's resolutions our local public figures did and didn't keep

By Elizabeth Flock, Justin Jouvenal, and Sam Sanders
Elizabeth Flock

From the alleged crimes of former Prince George's County executive Jack B. Johnson to the officer who whipped out a gun at a snowball fight (okay technically it was 2009 but we're still talking about it), this year was full of surprises. But if Metro's perpetually out-of-service escalators teach us anything, it's that as much as some things change, they also stay the same.

We got to wondering what kind of resolutions famous folks would have made, and came up with a list of "resolutions" kept and broken in 2010.

Detective Mike Baylor pulls out his gun during a snowball fight last December at 14th and U streets NW. that was organized through social networking Web sites. (Photo By Matthew Bradley)

The five resolutions they kept

1. Chuck Brown, godfather of go-go:

Keep the party going.

2. Michell Rhee, education czarina:

Get a job where I can move somewhere warmer.

3. Ken Cuccinelli II, attorney general of the hour:

Tweak the liberals and boost my national profile.

4. Tai Shan, beloved panda:

Return to my homeland.

6. D.C. Metro, the commute we love to hate:

Define the word '"fail."

The ones they didn’t

1. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who wishes he'd never heard of bike lanes or dog parks:

Win reelection.

2. The Redskins, with owner/dictator Daniel Snyder at the helm:

Win anything.

3. Jack Johnson, Prince George's embarrassment:

Get rid of the evidence of my alleged crimes. Note to self: Underwear is not a good place to hide money.

4. Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, comedians-at-large:

Hold a rally where people can hear us.

5. The D.C. snowball cop, who got trigger-happy:

Keep my emotions in check.

6. The local governments, who never imagined it could snow this much inside the beltway:


What #resolutions will you keep or break this year? Tell us in the comments or send us a tweet using the hashtag #resolutions.

By Elizabeth Flock, Justin Jouvenal, and Sam Sanders  | December 29, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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