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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.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 21, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
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Hell, even the Amtrak cops at Union Station use Segways.

Posted by: dirrtysw | May 21, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

was the quasi nanny

Posted by: I thought his live in mother in law | May 21, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

helmets? on a segway?

its probably just as dangerous to walk across the street in the middle of DC than it is to ride a segway.

Posted by: will c | May 21, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? Would it be better if they drove in a dark windowed car so that they wouldn't be the targets of gratuitous gossip columnists? What's the price of an annual Metro Pass? Why is $5000 for a Segway so titillating? Was it the lack of a helmet? Has J.J taken an outspoken stand on helmet use by Segway riders and then failed to live up to his own preaching? There's a radical Christian fascist takeover going on in this country and your worried about what??

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 21, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Helmets are not required when using a Segway. The Sleuth might try a Segway for a month thereby discovering that gliding is addictive.

Posted by: Ed Leonard, Ilwaco, WA | May 22, 2007 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey thebob.bob, there are not enough radical Christian fascists in this country to take over a medium size city, much less the country. Take your anti-anxiety medication. At one time recently out of 189 armed conflicts going on the world, in all but one the combatants included Muslims. If you want to worry about something, worry about the US, China, and maybe most of Central and South America being surrounded by Islamic Fundamentalist states ruled by Sharia law. You are looking at the wrong religion to panic over.

BTW, Mary Ann is a "gratuitous gossip columnist" as you put it. It's not her job to deal with the serious stuff, but to get us riled up about things.

Posted by: r man | May 22, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Jesse. One less American in an SUV!

Posted by: Doug | May 22, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mary Ann - The word is spelled "segue" and only pronounced as "SEG-way."

Posted by: john | May 23, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Since we are critiquing comments submitted, I have one for thebob.bob. Using the term radical with fascist, regardless of whether or not associated with Christians, is an oxymoron. Radical, when used in a political sense, means favoring an extreme change, and is more commonly associated in conjunction with extreme left-wing ideology (think socialism). The term reactionary is more commonly used when refering to fascist, or fascism. In politics it denotes ultra-conservatism, and supports maintaining the status quo.

Posted by: Randy6000 | May 24, 2007 1:31 AM | Report abuse

The correct grammar is:
Neither he nor his daddy was wearing helmets.

Posted by: Rob Roy | May 24, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

John above says:
"The word is spelled "segue" and only pronounced as "SEG-way."

Where have you been for the past few years? The actual spelling of the name for the "scooter" Jackson was riding, IS "Segway". The author used the name properly. There's no "segue" covered in her article.

You have to get out more!

Posted by: John S | May 25, 2007 2:08 AM | Report abuse

The actual correct grammar is:
Neither he nor his daddy was wearing a helmet.

And I can't believe this shrill harpy nag thinks anyone needs a helmet to use a Segway - can't even bring myself to call it riding as it's so gentle. I knew where she was going when she used "whiz" in the first sentence. Please fire this idiot.

Posted by: Bella Parola | May 25, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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