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Is booing Mayor Adrian Fenty uncalled for?

Adrian M. Fenty wasn't even at the Academies at Anacostia graduation ceremony in the District on Friday, but when the mayor's name was mentioned, an unmistakable chorus arose: "Boo!" many in the crowd shouted.

The chorus heard 'round some parts of the District is one of vocal dissatisfaction for the 39-year-old Fenty. It's a far cry from the summer of 2006, when drivers honked excitedly whenever they saw him campaigning for mayor. Then, residents were as tickled to see the young candidate come to their doors as if a celebrity had dropped by with a sweepstakes prize. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 14, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As citizens, we have a right to show our support or disdain toward an elected official. As much as I loathe Fenty, I do have to agree that it's just part of the territory.

Posted by: linroy62 | June 14, 2010 1:00 PM

Booing is not nice but it's also not nice to poo poo on the taxpayer, the city worker, senior citizens and those who once supported him. He's gotten the hand he dealt.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 14, 2010 1:15 PM


He should be glad that he is only getting BOOed.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | June 14, 2010 1:46 PM

Crime is down, school test scores are getting better, new libraries and roads are being or have been built. Regarding the business sector, although the city economy is not booming, DC is not suffering as much as many other cities due to the economic down turn.

While I don't agree with everything our Mayor has done I have to say the last 12 years (including Mayor Williams) have been some of the most productive years for the city.

To those who find it necessary to boo the mayor please take stock of what you have before you attempt to get rid of the good you have for only the promise of the better to come.

Posted by: youngj1 | June 15, 2010 1:35 AM

Crime is down everywhere across the country. As far as test scores are concerned, those improvements were put in motion under Clifford Janey, the district's previous superintendent, who introduced new standardized testing along with a more rigorous curriculum. Fenty and Michelle Rhee had absoulutely NOTHING to do with these gains.

Posted by: linroy62 | June 15, 2010 8:09 AM

Before I "viewed results" I thought, Six in one half and a half dozen in the other". Right on the marker.

Posted by: love80sdance | June 15, 2010 10:51 AM

As Miss Manners says, "There is no excuse for incivility."

Posted by: WickedRose | June 15, 2010 12:44 PM

dems boo Republicans all the time...
so now they get booed...
no big deal...
deal with it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 15, 2010 1:19 PM

Clifford Janey? Wow, what a joke that guy was. Give me a break. I'm not a Fenty supporter but Janey was a part of the status quo.

Rhee has the balls to change the status quo. Tough decisions are never easy and this school system need(s) a major overhaul that is going to take years. Firing people is never easy or popular; however, this entire school system needs to be gutted and rebuilt with people who care about the kids, which clearly has not been done for years or dozens of years. We have a very long way to go and getting rid of her would set everything back again, just like time and time before. Fixing this system will not happen overnight, it will probably take another 5-10 years on top of the progress that has already been made in the past two years. BTW, I didn't vote for Fenty the first time around and am not a fan of his. I'm not a fan of Gray either though but Rhee is making tough decisions that need to be made and followed through with.

Posted by: mbm1 | June 15, 2010 3:02 PM

He should also be booed for lying about his children's ages so they could play little league baseball with younger kids and presumably enjoy more success.

What has happened to integrity? And teaching our children to be good citizens. A good mayor would set a good example.

Posted by: JOHNSMOST | June 15, 2010 3:12 PM

I'm not a DC resident so I have no dog in this fight. But any politician who can't take a few boos is in the wrong game. And it is completely within the rights of citizens to boo a "leader" who has badly let them down.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 15, 2010 4:08 PM

I voted yes, but let me explain that further: Booing him - or anyone, for that matter - at a FUNERAL is totally, 100% uncalled for. That was one instance, as I recall. Now, as far as booing in other circumstances, well, you ought to know that some people will disagree with your decisions no matter what when you get into politics, so grow a thick skin or don't run.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 15, 2010 5:21 PM

As citizens we have a right to show our disdain and displeasure.

As Americans we have a duty to be civil.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 15, 2010 8:52 PM

We used to be a country that had broad shoulders. We knew who we were and it didn't matter how disgraceful others behaved, we maintained our honor.

Now the standard answer is "Dems boo'd first" or "Fenty isn't nice."

Sounds childish to me. We should not allow others to dictate our behavior.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 15, 2010 8:55 PM

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