Mar 21, 2010
Rhee's Extreme Makeover: Only A Dream !
In an article written this weekend in the Washington Post, Bill Turque reports that Chancellor Michelle Rhee turns to Anita Dunn, a media consultant and former White House Communication Director to help re-build her despicable image. Anita Dunn is the wife of Bob Bauer, White House legal counsel and also is the owner of media firm- Squier, Knapp and Dunn. Rhee's contract with Dunn's firm is still being negotiated and will be paid for with private funds, which have yet to be disclosed. Among the objectives for Dunn's firm will be how to effectively handle the local and national media. Turque also reports that Dunn's firm is expected to assist with the upcoming announcement of the Washington Teachers Union tentative agreement which has been three years in the making.
An email from E-favorite suggests that the first meeting between Rhee and Dunn may go something like this:
"I had the strangest dream last night. I was in a media training session with Michelle Rhee and her new hotshot, privately-funded media consultant, Anita Dunn.
I looked around nervously and thought, “No. This is all wrong. I don’t belong here!” But then I realized that no one seemed to notice I was there, so I decided to sit back and observe the session.
First Dunn said, “OK, Michelle, repeat after me: “I apologize for calling teachers child molesters.”
Dunn: Uh --- Good start. Don’t worry, we have lots of time, lots of money and this is very important work we’re doing.
Rhee: For the children! For the children!
Dunn: Oops, sorry. I didn’t mean to lead you down that well-worn path. No one pays any attention to that old line anymore. We’re starting fresh. We want people to see the new, reinvented, sensitive Michelle Rhee. So again, please, repeat after me: “I apologize for calling teachers child molesters.”
Rhee: I--I--I--I WILL NOT KOWTOW.
Dunn: Great progress! You’ve got the first word right. Good girl. We’re getting there. Let’s keep practicing. Here we go again: “I apologize for calling teachers child molesters.”
Rhee: I apol – I apol – ARRHGG - (gulp) I APOLOGIZE FOR CALLING TEACHERS CHILD MOLESTERS!
That’s when I knew I was dreaming."
Posted by The Washington Teacher, featuring Candi Peterson- blogger in residence, post
courtesy of Efavorite