Jesse Jackson III Segways to Daycare
It's a good thing the National Transportation Safety Board doesn't know about this.
Two Sleuth spies tell us they were having breakfast at the venerable Capitol Hill dive Tune Inn one morning last week and did double takes when they saw Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) whiz past them riding a Segway down the sidewalk with his toddler-sized son.
Our spies, who remain unnamed as they are regular informants in the Sleuth protection program, walked out onto the sidewalk to get a better view of the spectacle. They said Jackson's son rode in front, and started whining at one point when his dad playfully drove the two-wheeled electric upright scooter to the front door of the Hawk & Dove restaurant next door.
Turns out, little Jackson - Jesse Jackson III, who goes by the name "Tre" - was intent on getting to daycare and apparently had little interest in pressing the flesh with the breakfast crowd along Pennsylvania Ave. on Capitol Hill. (He'll have plenty of time for that later in life, though the adorable 4-year-old already seems plenty comfortable on the House floor, where he's been spotted with his dad on a number of occasions.)
"The Congressman had to take Tre to daycare," Jackson's spokesman, Kenneth Edmonds, told us. "That's his primary mode of transportation."
Good thing Tre made it to the school yard without injury. Neither he nor his daddy were wearing helmets.
And we can't say we're too confident Rep. Jackson wears his helmet all the other times he rides his Segway around Capitol Hill, from his official congressional office to his fundraising office, and even - on rare occasions - to and from work, a several-miles-long ride along busy streets between the Hill and the congressman's home in Dupont Circle.
"All I can tell you is that he wasn't wearing one on Thursday," Edmonds said.
Edmonds said Jackson bought his Segway - the high-tech scooters go for at least $5,000 a piece - "some time ago" thinking it was "very environmentally friendly."
"He's certainly piqued the curiosity of his colleagues," Edmonds said.
The cops in New York City are doing it, so why not the pols? Let the Segway craze begin. Perhaps with helmets.
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