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Thursday, 31 January, 2008 1:26 AM
Kwame & Wife Deliver Political Theatre
PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
A file photo of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick circa 2006.
"When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity."
"I am sorry," Mayor Kilpatrick said three times to start off a speech that will buy him some time as he awaits the legal boom that hangs over his head after being caught red-handed with steamy text messages on a Motor City-owned Strawberry, ooops, my bad, Blackberry....
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick & Carlita Kilpatrick held hands throughout an evening telecast in which the mayor sought to hold on to the reins of power until such time as he is put aboard the 3:10 to Yuma by Kim Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, for perjury, obstruction of justice, and a host of charges that may very well soon be coming down the pike....
Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ was the setting where members of the media and the community watched the speeches, along with all of us in Teevyland. If you are impressed by a man who lies under oath and says he is sorry, and "I truly apologize to each and every one of you," then you will be glad to know he will survive this scandal for now.
His wife, Carlita, backed up him like a trooper, well, like one of his crony cops who got promoted because of their loyalty to him, and not to any actual merit.... But, hey, this is Detroit, right, and anything goes: lies, wild parties, strippers from Jason's in Rackham Fountain at the Detroit Zoo, cocaine, police fired for doing their job, and, hey, whatever happened to Strawberry? Oh yeah, she was just a prostitute, so who cares, right?
We waited six days for Mayor Kilpatrick to address the current scandal regarding the surfacing of steamy text messages between him and his sultry Chief-of-Staff, and that is okay. He had to get his wife on board. He thanked "the people of Detroit for their patience." You are welcome. Well, I live in the burbs, now, but I was born and raised in Detroit.
In fact, I am so patient, I can wait for Kim Worthy to mull over charges, and I can wait for other charges to come out as more and more comes out in the days and months to come.
Ayn Rand once said you can tell what people really think when they are happy and smiling. Anyone can say they are sorry and look remorseful, but once the heat is off, if they go back to their old ways, how sorry were they, really? Recently, I heard about some lady in jail who was caught on the phone laughing about her exploits. Someone told the judge, and he gave her more time in the clink. Good for him.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me, and, in this case, on us. We should not be fooled by Kwame Kilpatrick. He may be sorry now, and that is fine and good. But does he deserve another vote from anyone who wants the best for our City? How many more scandals? How many more nine million dollar judgments against the City? How many more times do we need to watch him say he is sorry as he hold hands with his wife?
Enough is enough. Please do not vote for this man again. He might not be in Yuma before the next election cycle. The wheels of justice are notoriously slow. We must be patient for that 3:10 train. I think it might be running late. In the meantime, have a piece of strawberry pie....
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