April Fools’ Day: Rhee: KJ a royal groomzilla

Emails between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his fiancée, education advocate Michelle Rhee, reveal that the couple’s nuptials have been delayed for seven months.

“Johnson is micromanaging every aspect,” of the big day, an email from Rhee to a family member said.

The couple had planned to marry last September, but the wedding has been rescheduled for an unspecified date in 2012, according to email communication obtained by The Sacramento Press.

Johnson expressed insecurity about being worthy of marrying Rhee while he serves as a weak mayor in council/manager city government.

“The perfect time for our wedding would be sometime in 2012, when I become strong mayor,” Johnson wrote in a November 2010 email. “We’re already a power couple, honey bunch, but we’ll be so much more powerful when I become strong mayor. I just don’t want to look back at our wedding photos and remember a time when I had just one vote out of nine.”

In her response, Rhee accused him of putting his public image before her own.

“I don’t know why we couldn’t get married when I was at the height of my fame in D.C.,” she said. “The wedding coverage would have softened my public image. You’re not letting me have a say in the wedding planning. I had no idea you would be such a groomzilla.”

In addition to giving orders about the timing of the wedding, Johnson is unilaterally making decisions on wedding minutiae without Rhee. Johnson was caught having lunch with the wedding planner so he could change their wedding color to green from purple shortly after the news broke that the Kings were moving to Anaheim.

“But you know I don’t care about the Kings,” Rhee wrote in a March 2 email. “I chose purple because it reminds me of us. It reflects our royal desire to change everything in the entire world.”

Rhee took Johnson’s response as another instance of him thinking of his marriage in terms of his career.

“Sweetheart, I know you like purple. I liked it, too, but it’s now associated with Sacramento failure. Green just goes so much better with my Green Initiative. And an eco-themed wedding will play so much better for us in the national media than a royal theme.”

The wedding planner is reported to have quit and it remains unclear when or if plans will resume. 

This story was written solely for April Fools’ Day. It is entirely fictional.

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April 1, 2011 | 9:59 AM

The article much like Michelle Rhee’s achievements are pure fiction.
While the article is entertaining what she has done to the children and teachers in Washington D.C. is just sickening. She is not a reformer but rather a cheat and self-promoter.
All the information about the altered test scores under her watch that are bubbling up this week exposes her fraud and takes the spotlight away from the true champions of school reform.

April 2, 2011 | 5:51 PM

Who are the true champions? Teachers unions?

April 5, 2011 | 4:03 PM

I think Superparent is being far too harsh on Ms. Rhee. Before she arrived in D.C., no one cared about the D.C. school system. Fenty had the courage to bring in someone who had no hesitation about calling it as she saw it. She was very quick to realize that the major roadblocks to education reform in the D.C. school system were the over-entitled employees who received their jobs as a favor instead of earning it as an achievement. They were far too vested in the status quo – why should they consider changing their teaching practices? That would actually take effort!! Too many of the teachers, administrators, and district personnel were showing up to work to collect a paycheck while doing the bare minimum of labor. This started under Mayor Marion Barry, who handed out D.C. government jobs like candy to those who supported him in his election bids. Ms. Rhee never censored her rhetoric when it came to attacking the special interests protecting the so-called careers of these lazy people. She never worried about the politics, or the reality that she would be out of a job in the next election cycle because she pissed off too many of the interest groups. I don’t think you can find more integrity than that. We need more folks like her – she wasn’t afraid to call it as she saw it, and she wasn’t afraid to fight for the rights of the most helpless constituents of the D.C. school system – the children.

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