I'm in front of the television waiting for the Kwame press conference. Couple thoughts on the timing of the presser.
First, he is pulling an age old political move by holding the conference on a Saturday. Insuring that is won't get as much coverage as a weekday. Additionally, he is holding it during the a Michigan basketball game on Channel 7. He also got lucky with the heavy snow fall today. Right now I am listening to WWJ Newsradio 950 for King Kwame to speak.
Here he comes, ready to talk!
What is up with Kwame's tie, he's got a fat knot!
Classic Kwame, admit a small amount of guilt, deflect to "moving the city forward," blame the media for trying to get ratings.
Kwame claims that Navigate was either a process or communication issue? He didn't elaborate.
Oh boy, now he's going after Steve Wilson. Great stuff. He's chastising the media for "aggressive" behavior. Now he's giving a lecture on how to act as human beings. I think I am going to throw up in my mouth.
Now Ella Bully Cummings the police chief is talking....
Yep, she says that Kwame needs a Lincoln Navigator because he has a big family.
Ella Bully Cummings now says that she ALWAYS leases a Navigator for $14,000 for transportation of the Mayor's family. Why is the latest Navigator nearly $11,000 more than the last one?
Now she claims that the Navigator was written up in error. It was really a two year lease that way paid in a lump sum of $24,995. So now they are getting a buy one get one free deal?
Now Channel 7's Ray Sayah is grilling her about the purchase order requisition and why they have crossed out names on the documents.
Channel 4's Kevin Deitz is asking about why he lied when asked if the Navigator was for his wife. He claims he didn't lie and took exception to being called a liar. Kwame says his administration doesn't lie or mislead anybody.
Ray Sayah just asked Kwame if he'd ever been in the 2005 Maroon Navigator, he said no, but Sayah gave dates in which he was reportedly in the car with his wife. Cummings says she had the vehicle over the holiday's in a "secure" police Navigator.
Kevin Dietz just claimed that too many half truths were told. Bully Cummings says it was cheaper to get a Navigator then 2 Crown Victoria's to transport the first family. Kwame claims the chief thought she was saving the city money!
Ray Sayah just asked "Why did you authorize a security guard to put his hands on a reporter." Kwame claims he NEVER asked him to push Steve Wilson. Kwame says Wilson runs into you, he hits you with the Microphone.
Kwame just refused to talk to Channel 7! Great job Channel 7!
Kwame says that the harassing reporting of Steve Wilson has to stop. Kwame claimed that Wilson hit his mother on the shoulder with a mic and put his hands on his mother!
Here comes the Washington club hopping issue! He didn't answer the club hopping issue. Kwame just claimed you "can't be a Mayor of a major city, particularly an African-American man and not get criticism." Kwame just admitted going to a night club called "dream," but says he didn't go "clubbin'"
Kwame claims that he has less security personnel than the two previous administrations.
OK, here is the deal on the Auto Show broadcast today.
We weren't "kicked" out of the show in the traditional sense. A spokesperson for the auto show said she had received complaints about MCM. We think it was because a couple of swear words that got dumped on air were audible over the speakers at the event or maybe because we were making fun of Kwame.
The woman asked us to turn down the speakers. We did! She said she continued to receive complaints, which mystified Michelle and I as we hadn't even returned from the commercial break. I swear she said "I am shutting down the broadcast." Thinking we had been booted I headed for the studio. Apparently we weren't asked to leave. It turns out it might have all been a misunderstanding. It is too bad as we really enjoy our yearly broadcast at the NAIAS. Oh well, live and learn I guess!
I've been thinking about Kwame's situation all day. I have a million thoughts! Do I hate him? Is he a bad dude? What is it?
I have come to this conclusion. I am TIRED of people given the chance to fix this once great city abusing it. I don't live in Detroit, but I am a Detroiter and I for one have had enough. Enough of Detroit Politicians on the take! Detroit has a real opportunity RIGHT NOW. Somebody needs to stop stealing from the people of this city and put it on the path to greatness! Why do people rob from the very people they profess to love! Sad!