From ABC’s Stu Schutzman…
My, how the mighty have fallen. No, I’m not referring to the fall of former Senator Tom Daschle — who today withdrew his bid to be the next Secretary of HHS — but the even mightier.
Roll Call Magazine reports that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was recently spotted "standing alone," waiting for the bus on Washington’s Dupont Circle. That’s the same Don Rumsfeld who, on many occasions, took that town by storm. As a Congressman; as White House Chief of Staff; as the youngest-ever Defense Secretary, and as the now-infamous architect of George Bush’s wars. Yes, that’s the same Don Rumsfeld who confounded the Washington media ("there are known unknowns…there are unknown unknowns"), fought the Congress tooth and nail, fought members of his own Administration tooth and nail. And there he was, standing "quietly" in the cold and ice, waiting for the number 42 bus, SmartTrip metro card in hand. To add insult to injury, when the bus finally came…it didn’t stop. Passed him right by. Too crowded. According to Roll Call, Rumsfeld was seen hoofing it down the hill. A long walk from the seat of power.
Rumsfeld is reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars. Has a ranch near Taos, New Mexico. Is a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Yet, he takes the bus in Washington. According to one former DC resident here at ABC News — "No one takes the bus in Washington." Apparently, Don Rumsfeld does. How the mighty have fallen (or maybe that’s just the way Mr. Rumsfeld prefers to get around town).