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Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson downsize their wedding

D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson have abruptly changed their wedding from a large celebration to a smaller ceremony with just family and close friends. "Michelle and I have decided to change the date and location of our wedding ... and plan to have a private ceremony for our families in the near future. We apologize for any inconveniences we may have caused," Johnson said in a statement Tuesday, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The Sept. 4 wedding had been scheduled for Sacramento's St. John's Lutheran Church, followed by an "evening of dining and dancing" at the home of Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos. The plans raised eyebrows as a possible conflict of interest for Johnson because the well-connected Tsakopoulos has frequent business dealings with the city. Could that be the reason for the sudden shift? Johnson did not mention Tsakopoulos, saying only in an e-mail to invited guests that the former plans were "not what we had intended."

The couple, he said, underestimated the intensity of interest in the wedding and had not properly managed that aspect of the event. (Seriously? Chelsea Clinton managed to pull off her big day, despite a smattering of media coverage.) But Johnson and Rhee said their wedding "ended up not being what we wanted." Nor, it would seem, what was wanted by all the guests who received invitations weeks ago and made plans to travel for the wedding celebration. It's unclear how many of the invited guests have been uninvited.

The couple said their "hope is to have a special and personal event that is respectful of the sanctity of marriage."

By The Reliable Source  |  August 25, 2010; 1:06 AM ET
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Michelle Rhee is way too smart to marry Johnson whose intellectual level is way behind hers. I hope she will reconsider and find someone that shares her interests and be intellectually her equal.

Posted by: maitami | August 25, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

maitami, what?? Ms. Rhee is not marrying Sarah Palin or her husband or Bristol's baby-daddy. Mr. Johnson, I am certain, is every much Ms. Rhee's intellectual equal. I seriously doubt Ms. Rhee would settle for less. You, on the other hand . . .

Posted by: meldupree | August 25, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow! So freaking what, who cares! Not news worthy.

Posted by: drfields | August 25, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Is thier really is going to be a Wedding period?

Posted by: onesugar | August 25, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if this has more to do with Mayor Fenty's newly endangered job status. A showy wedding ten days before the primary election may not have played well politically.

Posted by: evwill | August 25, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Smart move an expensive showy wedding by two overpaid government sponges would not sit very well with the little people.

Posted by: metroman76 | August 25, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

In case you have not figured it out Michelle YOU have been dumped! But then wedding cake has a longer shelf life than the Ice Age so you can use it some other time.

Posted by: KBlit | August 25, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

maitami - "Michelle Rhee is way too smart to marry Johnson whose intellectual level is way behind hers."

Forgive me, but what does intellectual level have to do with loving someone? I hold two bachelor degrees and a masters degree, while my wife holds only a single bachelors degree, yet I married her anyway. Why? She made, and still makes me, laugh and smile every single day, and she's as smart as any person I know. Marriage is about loving and respecting each other. One's educational achievements shouldn't even enter the equation.

Posted by: HistoricalSociologist | August 25, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

You know what, if that is what will make them happy, God bless them and their marriage.


Chris Partland
http://www.wrappedinabox.com

Posted by: WIAB | August 25, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Is it realistic to think that Rhee will remain as school chancellor for four more years, assuming that Fenty wins? I think she'll quit during the first year, to take a job in a larger school district in California so that she is closer to her husband. I just can't see her and her husband having a bi-coastal marriage for four years, especially if they want kids.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 25, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

my johnson is so big that when you go to the movie theater and order popcorn, it comes in 4 sizes...."small", "medium", "large" and "my johnson"....it even has its own opening act......of course it is easy to underestimate the intensity of interest....something has to pick up all of the slack left by tiger's temporary sidelining......

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 25, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Managing through termination and taking credit for the work of predecessors does not make one intellectually astute. Johnson was elected by the people of his jurisdiction. Rhee was hired by an intellectual incompetent who steals money the estate of old people.

You have to question the intellectual capacity of anyone who would call Michelle Rhee, "intellectual".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 25, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The authors use the word "smattering" to describe the amount of media interest in Chelsea Clinton's wedding. "Smattering" means a small amount or number. As we know, interest in her wedding was anything but small. Please understand the vocabulary you use. You are, after all, in the business of writing.

Posted by: Bekind2 | August 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

So what the hell do I do with the matching his and her monogramed royal purple bath robes?

They are monogramed, the store won't take them back!

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 25, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Bekind2: I completely agree.

I'm so tired of reading poorly written articles. "Smattering" would not come anywhere close to describing the amount of media attention Chelsea Clinton's wedding received.

Posted by: ResidentDC85 | August 25, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

1. "Smattering" was pretty clearly intended to be sarcastic, you dolts.

2. Rhee's use of the phrase "sanctity of marriage," which has been extensively and almost exclusively used by opponents of gay marriage opponents, demonstrates her tin ear for politics.

Posted by: Meridian1 | August 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Did they uninvite the Fentys?

Posted by: blankspace | August 25, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh Lord, if you morons didn't identify the word "smattering" as sarcasm, you need to get out of the house a little more.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | August 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

KJ - Best Suns PG EVAAAARRRRR...until Steve Nash came around.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | August 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Rhee does it again. Invite someone to a wedding. They purchase airline tickets (probably nonrefundable). Two weeks before the wedding, invitees uninvited. Remember, airlines tickets nonrefundable. Invitees screwed. Similar to her management style at DCPS. Absolutely no long-range planning. Way to go Michelle!

Posted by: rjchittamssr | August 25, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I am glad they are going to wait or even not marry. .. at least, not for now. It is the beginning of school, her children are in school and her former husband and father of the children should be near them. So, common sense sometimes shows up late, but better late than never!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

KJ - Best Suns PG EVAAAARRRRR...until Steve Nash came around.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | August 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Nah, KJ is STILL the best...until Nash can dunk on somebody like Dwight Howard and get the Dunk of the Year...

Posted by: walkdwalk | August 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

She's marrying the mayor of Sacremento, CA. Where will they live, Manhattan, Kansas?

Posted by: LMF1 | August 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"If you smatter, then you are a racist. And if you are a racist, I will attack you with the north."
-- Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by: Meepo | August 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I hope that it is a nice wedding and that it will be enjoyed by all who do attend. It's not my business who is at your weeding or how large it is...this is hardly 'news'.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Meridian1: In an otherwise factual article, it's highly unlikely that "smattering" was meant to be sarcastic. Even if it was, it still doesn't fit with the rest of the sentence. And must you call someone with whom you disagree a "dolt"? It certainly does not enhance your position or promote respect for what you say.

Posted by: Bekind2 | August 25, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

That has to be, hands down, the most ungracious thing I've ever heard of.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The original date was “off” from the beginning since it was around the start of the school year and Mayoral elections, but that’s Michelle for you- acting before thinking things through. I hope they get married soon so she can finally move to the west coast and mess up another city’s school system.

Posted by: mselmo32 | August 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The size of the weeding was reduced due to the possible outcome of the DC Elections. If Gray wins, she's out of a job... Smart Move!!! If Fenty remains in office, they'll have a HUGE vow renewal in 2011 that will cost an obscene amount of money!!! Rhee & Johnson played that well....

Posted by: DMVinsider | August 25, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Rjchittamssr says, “Similar to her management style at DCPS. Absolutely no long-range planning.”

I agree. How long had she been planning this wedding? Since January? And she notices two weeks before the event that it’s not what she wanted?

I wouldn’t be surprised if next she says she postponed it in the best interest of children.

Posted by: efavorite | August 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse


Dear Mayor Johnson,
Would you PLEASE get and keep your annoying corrupt bride, Michelle Rhee, out of DC permanently? Thanks.
A.S.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rhee's political star is on the ascent, and an American mayor simply isn't suitable. I would recommend Louis XVI of France, if a time-machine can be requisitioned. Ms. Rhee has a knack for strong slogans such as "the best interests of the children," "the sanctity of marriage" and "go hard or go home." Could another line be added to the repertoire? "Let them eat cake."

Posted by: Dave115 | August 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


how do you un-invite wedding guests?

and why is this newsworthy?

Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Probably did this because of worry over the hysterical leeches in DC trying to disrupt the wedding.

Posted by: Pilot1 | August 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"If you smatter, then you are a racist. And if you are a racist, I will attack you with the north."
-- Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by: Meepo | August 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse
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That's deep. OMG, that's deep.

Posted by: Dan4 | August 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

maybe she fired all of the event staff

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Smattering" was obviously used ironically and not intended to be taken literally.

Posted by: dottie_b | August 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Given the provenance of the principals this, like the Bradley/Baby Yoga Mama wedding, would most appropriately be conducted in the waiting room at the Trailways terminal.

So, we think she is being dumped....? Interesting!

Posted by: SoCali | August 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If you care about this story you are a complete loser.

Posted by: Aerowaz | August 25, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@Maitami - you say, "I hope she will reconsider and find someone that shares her interests and be intellectually her equal."
Are you suggesting she hasnt done that in this case ? Wouldnt it be easier on you if you just came out and said you are opposed to her marrying a black man ?

Posted by: jpb0914 | August 25, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, looks like some folks now have an exciting weekend to themselves in Sacramento. Par-tay!

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | August 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, smattering was meant sarcastically. It is scary that people don't know sarcasm. Reliable Source is a gossip/celebrity column and uses sarcasm often, it's not a straightforward news column. So yeah they used smattering in a sarcastic way saying that if Chelsea could do it with her insane coverage surely Rhee and Johnson could too considering they only really matter to DC and Sacramento if that. So yes those of you who didnt get the sarcasm are dolts.

Posted by: lucl74 | August 25, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Chances are, this developer is also well-connected with the Maloof's, who own the Kings. That is a no-brainer, folks. This really is not newsworthy, other than to provide many of you, "Inside the Beltway Creeps," with something to do, WHILE YOU SHOULD BE WORKING!!!! Especially you DC Public Schools folks!

Posted by: mikewoolsey | August 25, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Even for the degraded and unfriendly WAPO comments section this is a bit too much:
__________________________________

my johnson is so big that when you go to the movie theater and order popcorn, it comes in 4 sizes...."small", "medium", "large" and "my johnson"....it even has its own opening act......of course it is easy to underestimate the intensity of interest....something has to pick up all of the slack left by tiger's temporary sidelining......

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 25, 2010 9:21 AM |

Posted by: harmiclir | August 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Even though Rhee's wedding is her personal business and has nothing to do with her job, I do think it is important to point out that acting without careful thinking of outcomes and then scrambling to pick up the pieces is a trend Rhee has shown in her leadership of DCPS.

Her style is to ram things through and move forward without a well thought out plan which has resulted in many unnecessary problems, chaos and hardships in schools- ultimately affecting the students.

Let's see, she plans a huge wedding with an expensive dress and bridesmaids with a lavish party at a politically tied millionaire developer's house inviting hundreds of people.

They attract national attention by sharing information like where they are registered (and what is on the registry), who is the designer of Rhee's dress, what color the bridesmaid dresses are, etc.

At the same time she inserts herself in the mayoral election (which is less than two weeks away from her canceled wedding date)needlessly by saying if Fenty goes she goes. And now they act surprised that their is so much media attention?

This clearly shows poor planning, poor judgment and an inability to know what is appropriate to share and what is not-- all characteristics that make her a horrible leader.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | August 25, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess it is okay to make excuses for why you can't just suck it up and have a full-fledged wedding. I guess some couples just aren't capable of handling what we expect other couples to manage.

Posted by: daweeni | August 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

You don't call off a wedding 10 days before the event unless you don't want to be married to the person, period. Surely, there must be some alternative venue or option for a high-profile couple in the greater Sacramento area. Just wait two more months, and a press release will say they have chosen to part ways amicably.

Posted by: Blinkie | August 25, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

ARE YOU SERIOUS? TO CALL THE MEDIA ATTENTION BEFORE THE CLINTON WEDDING "A SMATTERING OF MEDIA COVERAGE" IS SO UNTRUTHFUL IT COULD ALMOST BE CALLED A LIE. EVERY NEWSPAPER AND EVERY TV COMMENTATOR HAD ARTICLES ABOUT THE WEEDING INCLUDING THE BACKGROUND OF THE GROOM, THE FOOD TO BE SERVED AND SOME OF THE IMPORTANT?? GUESTS.
AT SOME POINT IN TIME WRITERS OF ARTICLES WILL BEGIN TO TELL THE TRUTH, BUT IT MAY BE A LONG TIME COMING.

Posted by: MALBENNET | August 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Who is Kevin Johnson, and why should we care? There was a Kevin Johnson who sat behind me in third grade, I don't think that's him.

Conversely, who is Michelle Rhee, and why should we care? I had a Tae Kwon Do instructor named Soo Kim Rhee, but I don't that's her.

Posted by: Kcrl1 | August 25, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Nothing but a publicity stunt like I have always said. First you announce you are having a big wedding then less than 10 ten days before you say we are cutting it down...come on what is really going on?

Maybe with all the financial investigations going on in the district right now they couldn't take a chance on getting caught spending unaccountable money like they been doing for the past couples of years.

And you all say this woman has kids? I swear I have never heard her speak of them at all. WOW

Posted by: msruby36 | August 25, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The posts are better than the melodrama we're talking about!

Posted by: llirpa1 | August 25, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Might be a good idea for them to get married before the election, because more than Likely our new Mayor will be Vincent Gray and Rhee is picked by Fenty and together they have skewed and bastardized the education system to serve themselves. Corporations had required Rhee remain chancellor for life? Mayor Barry is Mayor for Life, because the voters said so. Corporations don't get to make those decisions for us, they can NOT say she will be chancellor for life, not in a democracy.

Posted by: anon20012 | August 25, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Who F%$#ing cares!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BeatDontStop | August 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

...And you all say this woman has kids? I swear I have never heard her speak of them at all. WOW...
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i have read that she has 2 kids - i also heard they attend the Oyster school just off Connecticut ave in NW DC - It would be nice if a bilingual education could be afforded to ALL DC children!!!

Posted by: BeWitched | August 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee is way too smart to marry Johnson whose intellectual level is way behind hers. I hope she will reconsider and find someone that shares her interests and be intellectually her equal.

Posted by: maitami | August 25, 2010 1:32 AM
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And you know this, how?

Posted by: Angryman | August 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"The couple, he said, underestimated the intensity of interest in the wedding...".
===================
What intensity of interest? Who exactly is interested other than Michelle, Kevin and the people who have spent money on plane tickets and gifts for them?

She doesn't manage her personal life any better than she's managing DCPS. She's a fraud and a poseur with an extremely inflated ego. Test scores are down, the achievement gap has widened and she's using Janey's master plan to improve facilities.

I'll be glad to see both her and Fenty begin their departure on September 14.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 25, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@llirpa1 - I concur. I especially like the comment about marrying Louis XVI of France - where the heck did that come from???
========================

The posts are better than the melodrama we're talking about!

Posted by: llirpa1

Posted by: BeWitched | August 25, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It is very obvious that those who state that the use of smattering in this article was not written with any irony or sarcasm in mind are highly astute individuals and much more intelligent than those who think otherwise.

PS: That was sarcasm, dimwits!

Posted by: kevbel | August 25, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Update from Sacramento: during the erection of some wedding tents, a Johnson 400 began to thrash, ripped loose from its moorings, burst through the protective housing, and injured a number of workers who were on-site at the time. Construction was suspended, and that resulted in the postponement of the wedding. (The Johnson 400 is one of the more heavy-duty models.)

Posted by: Dave115 | August 25, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The wedding, or unwedding, of the overbearing, arrogant Ms. Rhee seems right in line with her self-perception. The explanation of the wedding plans turning out to be "not what they intended" does not fly. Presumably Ms. Rhee and her fiance were the primary planners of the event so how could it evolve into something they "did not intend." I can think of many valid reasons to postpone so why not show some integrity and be honest about the issue. Inviting people who have made travel plans, uninviting them at the last minute and then saying another ceremony would be scheduled at a later time for family and "close friends"
only is rude and disrespectul, It amazes me that a woman who is supposedly so well educated has so little social skills and such complete disregard for the rights of others. Kind of goes along with the lack of leadership and administrative abilities she has shown as Chancellor.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | August 25, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

To the others weighing in about the use of "smattering": Let's assume that it was meant to be sarcastic. It still doesn't make any sense, because the preceding use of "despite" doesn't support the sarcasm; it contradicts it! And sarcasm is supposed to be used - perhaps cleverly - to make a point. The use of "despite" only works sense if "smattering" was not intended as sarcasm.
P.S. What's the matter with having a respectful discussion versus name-calling?
An opinion should be able to stand on its own merit without an attempted insult added to it.

Posted by: Bekind2 | August 25, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Jo-ann Armao of the Washington Post editorial board is still invited?

I've often said that Rhee likes to hire and fire people. Looks like she's found a way to extend that predilection to her personal life.

Posted by: efavorite | August 25, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Just leaving DC is enough for me. I could care less about the rest. Marry shack-up, break up, I don't care.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 25, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I hope every one of the wedding invitees who were dis-invited by this couple permanently kick Rhee and her husband out of their lives. What a disgraceful act to lure people across the country to this so-called "wedding" just to dump them after those people may have made non-refundable airfare purchases, etc.
She has no conscience. She is not a teenage girl with no idea of the consequences of her behavior.
From now on, I could care less about heartless Michelle Rhee. Tossing people away seems to her true calling in life.
Imagine all these people will treat her the same way by cleaning her out of their lives.

Posted by: mmhoover1 | August 26, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I was an avid sports buff who followed Mr. Johnson’s career from Cleveland to Phoenix. (No, I was not a groupie). I always admired his intellect and what I thought were good values and morals. He was a good baseball player and a great basketball player. Anywho, I must be the only person who recalls a magazine article that was in Jet magazine where he put very detailed attributes of what he was looking for in a mate and all interested ladies were to send there info to him via his sneaker company (Converse). If anyone finds the article, you would see that Ms. Rhee is none of those things and in articles that I have read on their relationship, his mother had no right in putting African American women down.

Posted by: mssportz | August 27, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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