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Update: Rhee and Johnson Out Together at Parties

Kevin Johnson hugging Michelle Rhee after testifying on her behalf at her confirmation hearing last year. (Dayna Smith)

Okay, can we call them a power couple now? D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and former NBA star turned Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson have repeatedly declined to talk about their friendship/close alliance or answer questions about whether they're, you know, dating. "I don't comment on my personal life," she told us last month when we pried. But Sunday night -- just hours after City Paper spotted them holding hands (!!) on the way into Mayor Adrian Fenty's inauguration party at the 930 Club -- we spotted them doing the same on the way out of The Root inaugural ball at the America History museum. . . a party filled with journalists. We totally approve, btw.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 19, 2009; 9:48 AM ET
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As a HUGE fan of Obama and the principled positions he has taken, it was NAUSEATING to see Johnson on Larry King, who apparently doesn't vet guests very well -- his appearance looked like a 'Where's Waldo' cartoon for 'who doesn't belong in this picture'. Of course one of the other panelists was another inarticulate mess in Sean P. Diddy Combs, who is as dumb as a stoat -- perfect foil for KJ's arrogant stupidity. What do you want to bet that Johnson's also seeking a favor from the Obama administration to forgive debarment from federal contracting and to go lightly on the federal investigations for fiscal malfeasance and mishandling of child sexual abuse allegations against himself and St. Hope????? The backstory has it that there's a reason that Obama administration officials won't meet with him directly -- they even went so far as cancelling an appearance by Obama with the U.S. Mayors' Conference to which Obama emissaries were sent in order to avoid just such a possibility. It seems the truth about KJ has coattails...

Also interesting is Johnson's galpal Michelle Rhee who is decimating DC schools as we speak in a union-busting manner that even the braindead and now bodydead Ronald Reagan would be proud of under the pseudo banner, nee excuse, that it's 'for the kids'. Public schools were at their best when fully funded, with competent, supportive, administrations, with direct teaching services delivered by front-line instructors who were reasonably paid and represented by equally supportive collective bargaining. What Rhee is doing is nothing more than affecting warped Newt Gingrich theories on classroom ed guised in 'new school' clothes, and is basically just another 'big lie' by just another selfishly arrogant, abjectly unqualified, careerist rationalizing personal gain by ruining the careers of far more decent and competent educators.

Posted by: bbbbmer1 | January 21, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Maybe they could have a destination wedding in another galaxy and we'd be rid of them both.

Posted by: ame_hr | January 26, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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