Bad Then, Good Now

Did anyone catch Anthony Williams official announcement that he isn’t running for re-election today at noon?

It was probably Tony’s best public appearance ever. He was playing it very informal with the crowd at the beginning, in fact I’ve never seen him so comfortable with an audience, then he launched in to a great speech recapping the transformation of DC that his administrations have achieved.

In the middle of a passionate reading of a list comparing mid-90’s DC to present DC – a bumble-bee attacked Williams’ wife (who is allergic) – Williams stopped his speech and tried to swat the bee – then turned the attack into a great impromptu laugh by saying “7 years as mayor, I finally get people listening to me, and along comes a damn bee to interrupt my speech. In short, DC – bad then, good now – all because I was your mayor!”

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 29th, 2005 @ 5:00 pm

    That’s my Tony! God love ’em.

  2. Evil (unregistered) on September 29th, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    DC is screwed. Now with no luck we’ll get some corrupt Marion Barry type who will divide the city on the basis of race again, hand out jobs to his cronies before you know it it will be DC 1994 again.

    I remember what this city was like 10 years ago. It was fucked up.

  3. JMD94 (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    I think overall Williams did a good job as mayor, this is not an easy city to run. Can we get the Nats stadium deal done before Linda Cropp can ruin it? She’s already sent a threatening letter to Bud Selig about the ownership, she’s demanding that it’s a local owner, and while I’d also like a local owner, by most insider accounts it isn’t likely.

    What scares me is that many feel that Cropp will win. Major League Baseball hates her and there’s still time to murder our Nats.

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