There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple too.
And up in the nursery an ubsurd little bird
Is popping out to say cook-coo cook-coo, cook-coo
Regretfully they tell us cook-coo
But firmly they compell us cook-coo
To say goodbye cook-coo...
So long farewell, auf weidersehen good-bye
Lyrics from The Sound of Music.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told Detroiters Thursday night that he takes "full responsibility" for his actions in the scandal that led to his resignation and guilty pleas on two felony counts.
Speaking before a small audience of supporter and a clutch of television cameras at Detroit's city hall, the 38-year old Mr. Kilpatrick also suggested he may someday try to return to politics and public service.
He said author F. Scott Fitzgerald may have been wrong when he wrote there are no second acts in American lives. "There's another day for me," he said. "Detroit, you done set me up for a comeback."
I court earlier in the day, the mayor offered his resignation, effective Sept. 18, and pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, ending a six-month scandal stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by police officers who had been fired. Mr. Kilpatrick, who has been credited for a nascent revival of Detroit's downtown, also pleaded no contest to one count of assaulting an officer.
He agreed to serve 120 days in jail, repay the city $1 million, forfeit his pension and refrain from running for public office for five years.