I grew up in D.C., one of those rare natives you hear about. I actually think we as a folk, the natives that is, are a nice group of people. The problem with D.C. is that States expunge the greedy, selfish, narcissistic, and power crazed and they all come and settle here. To get a good feeling of this dynamic and the resulting culture you must read the comments on this article. Mind you, Sidwell Friends is probably the premier private school in D.C. and costs as much as a private college does.
hat tip: Marginal Revolution