"Alphonso Jackson’s lavish farewell extravaganza."
Alphonso Jackson resigned as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under a cloud of ethics allegations and investigations. Despite his disastrous record, TPMmuckraker reports that Jackson received a royal farewell party, including a program with four images of Jackson on the cover:
The event, which was held in the main auditorium at HUD, included an overflow crowd of about 1,000 HUD employees, said HUD spokesman Jerry Brown. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the special guest speaker at the event, Brown said.
Despite the regal appearance of the program, Brown said that the event mainly involved “a slide show and a person who sang the national anthem.”
This may have been Jackson’s last homage to himself at HUD. The giant photo exhibitions of Jackson are being removed from HUD’s lobbies, and the oil portrait Jackson commissioned of himself is still in the agency’s basement.