City Desk

Fenty Cut Line to Get on Plane, Says Eyewitness

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty rushed back from...well, somewhere, yesterday to hold a press conference more than 24 hours after four were killed in a drive-by shooting.

All Fenty would say about the trip last night was that "it was personal."

But in the age of social media, there are no secrets. LL was forwarded a Facebook post by Brandon M. Macsata, a D.C.-based political consultant who was on the same flight as Hizzoner from Fort Lauderdale. He then e-mailed LL:

Mayor Fenty was on the same flight as me late this afternoon at 6:05 pm. It was US Airways flight # 1232 from FLL to DCA. The ticket agent asked for anyone requiring special assistance or traveling with small children to please board (pre-board); he didn’t ask for first class passengers, or special dividend miles passengers – just your basic pre-board. There were literally about 20 people in line, including seniors and children. As a preferred US Airways flyer who was in first class, I know for a fact that neither was asked to board the plane. Out of nowhere comes Mayor Fenty accompanied by one other person (I’m assuming it was a staffer), and they walked right up in front of everyone and they were the first people to board the plane. To me, it smacked of exactly what is wrong with our politicians today – both Democrats and Republicans, regardless of the office they hold – and that is they see themselves as better then the people they serve. I seriously doubt Mayor Fenty was under a security threat in FLL airport at an airport (among the safest locations in the country with all the added security), so why then would he need to be so presumptuous to board before everyone else? I was extremely disappointed, to say the least!

Morals of the story: (a) Just tell us where you were, ferchrissakes and (b) mind your manners.

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  • Keith

    My goodness, how is the heck is this considered newsworthy? CityPaper for all the good you guys do this type of stuff just stinks of amateurism!

  • DC Voter

    The Fenty's never bothered much with the niceties of politesse when raising their kids. Mostly, it was about reinforcing that neurotic sense of superiority. You know "runners" were somehow a better class of humanoid and boy was that message loud and lcear at Dad's shoe store. Remember, he isn't a product of the diplomatic corps or anything, his father was a "merchant"! I'm surprised he and his hoodlum wife don't eat with their hands.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    For Christ sake where did the assignment editor of this paper get his journalism degree from a correspondence school off the back of a match book cover!

    THIS IS NOT NEWS!, IT'S DRIBBLE!

  • Tom

    Give it a break its a blog post, and in the 24hr news cycle it's par for the course.

    You guys better pony up more cash for Fenty, this crying is starting to get bad.

  • Joan

    This wouldn't be news at all if the Mayor had not been so secretive regarding his whereabouts.

    Also, it adds to the ongoing narrative that Fenty is petulant and childish.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    Again and Again, B! F! D!

  • ABF

    Who Paid for the trip? Did the citizens of DC have to pay any money for it? Did he take security too or just staff and if so, why were they needed for a "personal" trip? Come on.... Tell us?

  • noodlez

    MY MOTHER SAID "WHAT EVER YOU DO IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT!"

    TO ALL YOU DETRACTORS THIS IS A NEWS WORTHY STORY!

    HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, DC. A PUBLIC OFFICIAL THAT SOME FOLK COUNT ON FOR LEADERSHIP. HE DISAPPEAR ON A TRIP WITH NO EXPLANATION AND IS M.I.A. DURING ONE OF THE WORST MASS MURDERS AND CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CITY.

    WHEN ASKED WHERE YA BEEN? ALL HE CAN SAY IS "IT WAS PERSONAL." THIS BAMA IS WASTING HIS DONORS MONEY BECAUSE HE WILL NOT GET REELECTED. HE IS THE MAYOR 24/7 UNTIL HE GETS REPLACED. HE CANT BE MAYOR WHEN HE WANTS TO OR WHEN ITS CONVENIENT FOR HIM. HE WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. HE DOESNT HAVE THE LUXURY TO TAKE PERSONAL TRIPS WITHOUT THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY KNOWING ABOUT IT!

    EVEN THE PRESIDENT LETS HIS COUNTRYMEN KNOW WHEN HE IS TAKING SOME TIME OFF AND TELL US WHERE HE IS GOING! WHAT THE FUCK! WHEN IS THIS CHUMP AT WORK? WHERE IS HIS TIME SHEETS? IF HE IS THAT IMPORTANT THAT HE CANT BE RESPONSIBLE TO THIS CITY THEN HE SHOULD RESIGN.

    WHO THE FUCK HE THINK HE IS?

    FOLKS WE CAN DO BETTER.

  • Sigmund Freud

    It's news because King Fenty thinks we don't have a right, as his BOSSES, to know if he's in town working, or somewhere else working, or have a legitimate vacation day paid for by himself. If he weren't so childish, we wouldn't have to be either. So, shut the f up Mangus---boooohoooo!

  • tired

    This is not surprising Rick and if this was a personal trip and not with my tax money then it should be between him and the Mrs. Because he will eventually have to answer to somebody.

  • tired

    Thank you Sigmund. My words exactly.

  • Man, please!

    Noodlez,

    Maybe he thinks he is an employee of the District of Columbia. They get vacations you know. I think there is a law about that somewhere. He also has the right to cash his paycheck. You going to call him a thief for that?

    Now, is this the "arrogance" you keep trying to feed people? He is so arrogant he thinks he can his kids on vacation.

    Or, is he incompetent. He should have known there was a drive -bye scheduled for that day.

    That bs aside, President Obama does not tell people where he goes on vacation. And, if people find out...they find out when he is already there. It is called SECURITY.

    And try that line a Gray line few thousand more times. Maybe people will get grain washed into not asking: How do you plan to do that, exactly?

    Practice with me: "We can do better. We can do better. We can do better. We can do better. wecandobetter.
    wecandobetterwecandobettterwecandobetter." if asked: "But how?" you answer "Nevermind, we will get to that later. wecandobetteranybodybutfentywecandobetteranybodybut fentywecandobetteranybodybutfentywecandobetteranybodybutfenty."

    Yeah, that will fool them! Keep it up.

  • noodlez

    I ALREADY CALLED FOR HIM (A FEW MONTHS BACK) TO PAY BACK THE SALARY HE COLLECTED SO FAR BECAUSE HE HASNT DONE A DAMN THING SINCE HE BEEN IN OFFICE.

    I PERSONALLY DONT CARE WHERE AND WHEN HE TAKES HIS CHILDREN ON VACATION. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIM TAKING MY PROPERTY TAX AND STATE TAX AS IT RELATES TO HIS SALARY AND THEN NOT HAVE THE COMMON DECENCY TO TELL, POST OR GIVE NOTICE TO WHERE HE'S BEEN.

    LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU SINCE YOU ARE SO SPECIAL. THE PRESIDENT MADE NO SECRET ABOUT WHERE HE WAS GOING ON VACATION LAST YEAR REGARDLESS OF SECURITY. FENTY IS KEEPING A SECRET WHEN AND WHERE HE VACATIONS. YOU DO THE MATH.

    WITH LEADERSHIP COMES RESPOSIBILITY. JUMPING ON A PLANE SCURRYING BACK TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE IS SOME BULL SHIT. THAT IS WHY HIS ASS GOT BOOED. WHO WAS IN CHARGE WHILE HE WAS AWAY? THAT IS WHO SHOULD HAVE ISSUED A STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MAYOR THE NIGHT IT HAPPENED SHIT FOR BRAINS.

    THE WAY HE PORTRAYED IT WAS THAT NO ONE WAS AT THE WHEEL. HE IN ESSENCE PUT THE CITY ON AUTO-PILOT WITH NO CO-CAPTAIN ON ALERT. WHAT A GUY!

    JOHNNIE WAS RIGHT. WE HAVE A BOY RUNNING THIS CITY AND IT IS SHOWING IN THE IMMATURE DECISIONS HE IS MAKING!

    FENTY ANYBODY BUT YOU CAN DO BETTER! HOW IS THAT? DOES THAT WORK FOR YOU?

  • LOL

    This really isn't news. So he got on the plane first. Big Whoop!

  • hymesb

    Noodlez,

    First, not telling you something is not the same as keeping a secret. I didn't tell you that i just farted. But, I didn't keep it secret. It just isn't any of your business. Same applys if I were mayor.

    And, Mike Debonis didn't know where Fenty was. Reporters didn't know where he was. I beat you Lanier did. You think Niel Albert knew where he was? Hey what about his wife and kids. Oh, they were with him. You think he didn't tell his mother or father? He was not lost in space. The dude has three blackberry's Moron!

    And, maybe he was wrong to "scramble" back when he heard about a mass murder. He should have just stayed there. Moron! Did i say Moron?

    Whatever with the Obama crap. You have no idea where he is right now. Is he keeping it a secret from you?

    When and where did Gray take his last vacation? Do you know? Did he call a press conference to announce it?

  • R E

    He was not physically there but sounds like he was in constant contact.
    Unlike Gov Sanford it appears his staff was aware of how to reach him.
    Let see, he arrived within 24 hours from an island apparently with no direct flights.
    He spoke to the victim's family and friends personally.
    He and others were brave to address an already angry and misdirected crowd.
    Requiring a vacation itinerary is taking it too far.

    It's a frightening thought to have to reason how perfectly sane people could think they can kill someone and then go home... ? I care a great deal too but with innocent people as targets if I were mayor I would have held a press conference INSIDE the Reeves Building.

  • noodlez

    hymesb=FENTY'S FUCK BOY
    MAKE SURE YOU WIPE!

    HE IS A GOVERMENT OFFICIAL AND ITS NOT A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE THEN THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY SHOULD KNOW WHERE HIS BITCH ASS IS DURING OFFICE HOURS. SLIM I DONT GIVE SHIT ABOUT IF LANIER AND ALBERT KNEW HE WAS IN HIS SECRET HIDING PLACE. YOU ARE NAMING FOLK WHO WOULD KNOW WHERE HE IS AT AS OPPOSED TO FOLK WHO SHOULD KNOW WHERE HE IS.

    WHO CARES ABOUT HOW MANY BLACKBERRY'S HE HAVE?

    IF HE WAS AWAY SUPPORTING HIS WIFE THEN FINE SAY THAT. IF HE WAS ON VACATION THEN SAY THAT. TO BE DISMISSIVE AND EVASIVE IS CHILDS PLAY. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE CITIZENS ARE GOING TO DO TO HIM. DISMISS HIS ASS!

    HE RUSHED BACK TO GRANDSTAND IN A PLACE WHERE NO ONE LIKES HIM OR WANTS HIM AS MAYOR TO CONDUCT AN IRRELEVENT PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE HE GOT BOOED LIKE THE FLOUNDERING ACT THAT HE IS. SOUNDS LIKE YA BOY FENTY IS THE MORON.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    hymesb- "Hey what about his wife and kids"- exactly. Look, he took a "personal" trip with a female "assistant" to Florida. Wife and kids weren't around. This is highly suspect, at least to me. He's a public figure in what will be a very nasty mayoral campaign, everything he says and does will be scrutinized- it comes with the fucking job. If he values his personal space so much- stay away from the cameras, retire, and go back to robbing the estates of dead people.

  • Adriana “Delicious” Fenty

    Empress Fenty is on the move again! Forsaking the Mrs. and the three kiddies to party in Fort Lauderdale/Miami with a staffer. I guess she was doing leg-work for Miami's Gay Pride Celebration next month. She's so messy!

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