Mr. Plaid Eats Some Breakfast Humble Pie

Posted on February 7, 2005

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN., gave a lesson in humility to the education folks at the National School Boards Association conference in Washington this week. "True story," Alexander said: He was recently driving in eastern Tennessee down Lamar Alexander Parkway - named for him after he served as governor - when he decided to stop at a convenience store for breakfast. When he got to the counter, he realized he had no cash. So he handed his credit card to the cashier. The card, of course, has his name on it. She looked at the card, looked up at him, and asked, "Was you named after this road?" In another quip, Alexander said he's glad that Margaret Spellings got confirmed as Education Secretary, because it was bothering him that until she got the title of Education secretary, the nominee was being referred to as "Miss Spellings."