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(Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

Donald Rumsfeld having a less-than-friendly start to his day at a Dupont Circle bus stop. The former defense secretary was waiting for a long-delayed bus when a man in his late 30s with a young son got just inches from his face and started berating him over his handling of the war in Iraq -- words like "warmonger," "rapist" and "evil man" were heard by others at the stop. Rumsfeld stood stoically, not responding, so the man turned to the rest of the crowd and yelled at them for not joining him in heaping abuse. Then the man's bus arrived (Rumsfeld was waiting for a different one) and that was that.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 27, 2009; 1:01 AM ET
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Bury the lead: Rumsfeld takes the bus?!

Posted by: Rivery | February 27, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

My friends and I heard about his riding this bus (42) about a month ago. It's on with various colorful comments. It is very surprising to all of us that he's riding the bus... for any number of reasons!

Posted by: Kalaronya | February 27, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

From my vantage point, the man in his 30s was simply voicing his justifiable anger at a purported war criminal freely walking the streets (law suits filed around the world well-support this allegation). The word "evil" came up only after Rumsfeld pathetically brought the man's son into the debate, upon which the man simply asserted his parental right and duty to teach his son "the difference between good and evil." (I thought the man was rather restrained after Rumsfeld used his son against him.) Rumsfeld was neither silent nor stoic; rather, in a strange reversal of an old defense, Rumsfeld brazenly stated, "I did not order those things."

Posted by: awitness | February 27, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Sounds kinda deserved to me.

Posted by: phreddd819 | February 27, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I love that this is the second time Rumsfeld has been reported taking the bus. Most people from the burbs who take metro shudder at the bus. Not a fan of Rummy, but his taking the bus gives me an ounce of respect for him.

Posted by: jules8172 | February 27, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with jules8172, the last poster. Rumsfeld is the closing thing this country has to a Nazi war criminal. It is an act of incredible arrogance and presumptuousness for him to be riding the bus as if he is just some kind of ordinary public servant, just some kind a regular guy. More shocking is the fact that so many ordinary Kalorama residents tolerate this. When I read the description of the encounter at the bus station, I was reminded of that scene from Marathon Man were the old Jewish jeweler and Auschwitz survivor chases Laurence Olivier down the sidewalk in broad daylight. Maybe more rude encounters like this will wake ordinary people up from their state of moral somnambulism.

Posted by: post5546 | February 27, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

i've always dreamed of doing something like this to Rummy. Kudos to that man!!! :)

Posted by: around | February 27, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"The Reliable Source"?!? I don't think so. One of Rummy's guys, maybe?

Posted by: awitness | February 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"It is an act of incredible arrogance and presumptuousness for him to be riding the bus as if he is just some kind of ordinary public servant, just some kind a regular guy."

How is riding the bus an act of "incredible arrogance and presumptiousness"?? If he took a limo places, then I could see that sort of comment. He IS just an ordinary person. And while I didn't not like him as SecDef, The man who was rude to him when Rumsfeld was minding his own business waiting for a bsu is the one who is arrogant and presumptious. Who is THAT man to treat another person that way? All that man's son learned that day was how to be a jerk.

Posted by: SingleMom2 | February 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

maybe singlemom2 as been in a coma for the past 8 years, but as "awitness" writes, most of the world considers this man a war criminal. and it IS arrogant for a war criminal to walk around in public as if... he is not a war criminal. he should have the dignity and courtesy to hide his sick soul behind tinted windows, as cheney does. and what is it that we teach our children anyway? to have deference for authority, no matter how egregiously that authority is abused or what crimes are committed with it? has everybody in this country lost their moral compass?

Posted by: post5546 | February 27, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Sieg Heil, Singlemom. Sieg Heil. I think I finally see your point.

Don't be stupid, be a shmatie.. come and join, the Nazi pahtie?

Is that it?

Posted by: post5546 | February 27, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm proud of this young man! He had the guts to state the Truth to Rumsfeld about just some of the crimes Rummy is responsible for. The afternoon of 9/11 he started trying to pin it on Iraq and he didn't stop until he got his war, along with torture. The evil of this man goes way back into the Nixon, then Ford, administrations.

Any literate person with any love of America will applaud this young man.

Posted by: wingspread257 | February 28, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

What an awful example that man was setting for his young son, aggressively screaming at strangers about politics. Fortunately, Rumsfeld comes from an age when people were classy enough to ignore such nincompoops.

Posted by: bokamba | March 2, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Whatever Rumsfeld may or may not be, it is not _that_ man's place to judge. He should have kept his mouth shut. Rummy prolly coulda kicked his a$$.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 2, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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