Mayor Fenty has come out with a new ad! And for the first time, he acknowledges his mistakes.
"Like anyone else, I've made my share of mistakes. Going forward I'll learn from them and be more inclusive which will make me a better mayor."
Listening to Fenty's conciliatory words resonated with me. Can he change? Really? Will he meet with the chair of the city council on a regular basis, or even once a year or so? Will his administration begin responding to more than 25% of the FOIA requests that his predecessors did? Will he even just basically not be a douche when people ask him pretty reasonable questions that are typical of those asked of most high-profile politicians?
I thought long and hard about this. Can people really change? Throughout history, have those who have been defined by an aggressive, arrogant personality, and strongly criticized for it, responded to that criticism?
As with most great questions in life, the answer can be found in "The South Park Movie: Bigger, Longer and Uncut." This video is, coincidentally, entitled "I Can Change." Take a minute to watch it, I promise you that it doesn't disappoint.
Here's how it ends:
Satan: "But what is you never change,
What if you remain a sandy little butthole?"
Saddam Hussein: "Hey Satan! Don't be such a twit
Mother Teresa won't have shit on me!
just watch, just watch,
here I go i'm changing!"
What does this all mean? As I mulled this over, several possibilities occurred to me.
1. Adrian Fenty is Saddam Hussein
2. Adrian Fenty will become Mother Theresa
3. Saddam Hussein and Satan are gay lovers?? Wtf?
In the end, I realized that all of these are wrong. Because South Park is a work of fiction, and Adrian Fenty is neither Saddam Hussein nor Mother Theresa.
But action speaks louder than words. The mayor has had almost four years to respond to the near-daily criticism of his style. The time for action would have been anytime sooner than 27 days before the election.