Kevin Johnson at Michelle Rhee's side as she wraps up her D.C. schools tenure -- but no, they're not married yet
So it's official: Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson have denied us the East Coast-West Coast wonk royal wedding we'd all craved.
Oh, sure, they're still planning to get married. But she did not walk down the aisle as the D.C. schools chancellor, we can now say with some confidence -- so when it does eventually happen, it just won't be the same. At least for us.
Whether she had already married the Sacramento mayor -- before she left the superintendent's office Friday -- was actually a fair question. The lavish nuptials they originally planned seemed out of character for a couple that has mostly tried to keep their relationship under the radar: It was months before the longtime friends acknowledged in early 2009 they were an item, when we caught them holding hands at a pre-inaugural party. And instead of announcing their engagement last November, they just kind of waited until someone noticed the rock on her left hand.
Then they abruptly pulled the plug on the big California wedding they'd planned for Labor Day weekend, saying they were overwhelmed by the attention it had drawn and that they wanted something smaller and more personal -- but wouldn't tell reporters where or when.
So can you blame us for wondering if they'd secretly eloped already?
Johnson was by Rhee's side this week as the curtain fell on her tenure: They were spotted lunching together at Georgia Brown's on Monday, and he escorted her to her last official appearance, the Excellence in Teaching Awards at the Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers event at the Kennedy Center that night, where she was jointly heralded (onstage together, one night only!) by the outgoing mayor who hired her, Adrian Fenty, and the incoming mayor who hastened her departure, Vince Gray.
We caught up with her via e-mail the next morning to figure out once and for all: Not asking when you'll get married .... but if you were already married, would we know about it?
Rhee responded: "You'd know."
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| November 3, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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