Mayor Adrian Fenty has never met a camera he doesn't love. The city's top elected leader is so fond of press attention that he holds a news conference every day.
Today, though, the mayor turned the tables at an appearance at DC USA, the new mall in Columbia Heights, where Fenty hailed the opening tonight, at 6 p.m., of Best Buy.
After making his remarks, the mayor, wearing a light green Washington Nationals tie, took a quick tour of the shop, then told an employee that he was in the market for a camera. "I want something where you don't have to switch the film," Fenty said.
Film? The mayor might be a BlackBerry fiend, but he clearly could use some lessons on modern digital cameras. The employee showed Fenty a Canon Elph PowerShot SD870, which retails for $299.99 at Best Buy.
"This has one of the biggest zooms," the employee said. "It takes great low light shots. It's simple to use. There are a ton of buttons on it, but you only need to know two or three."
But how do you load the pictures onto the computer? Fenty asked. The employee told him that the camera comes with a USB cord but that he could also buy a memory card.
Fenty balked. "Now it's sounding complicated," he said. No, it's easy, the employee assured him.
That sealed the deal. The mayor, who didn't have his credit card on him, called someone to get the number, then dropped $409.21 on the camera, a 2-gigabyte SD card and a two-year warranty.
He was not, however, the first customer of the day. That honor went to council member Jim Graham, who dropped about $14 on a universal remote.