Skip to comments.Marion Barry Arrives At Democratic Convention, Slams Republicans
Posted on 09/03/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Charlotte, NC Former DC Mayor Marion Barry hit the Democratic convention Monday and, as per usual, the divisive and wildly popular figure immediately drew onlookers and media interviews.
Barry was barely 10 feet into the Charlotte convention center before convention goers and reporters started queuing up to talk to him.
Although extremely controversial thanks to numerous arrests for crack possession, Barry remains very popular in Washington and many parts of the black community nationally.
Sporting a bright red t-shirt that read Im a Democrat and I support DC Statehood, the 76 year old Barry was clearly in his element.
Are you still mayor? one woman asked.
Hell always be mayor. Hes Mayor for Life, her friend responded as she posed for a picture with the Teflon politician.
Thats what Im talkin about, she said, proudly showing off her photo.
In a brief interview with BuzzFeed, Barry urged President Barack Obama to stick to the themes of hope that helped propel him to the White House in 2008, even as he acknowledged the countrys economic problems have gotten worse.
"Obama should stick to the same themes to some extent that he did in 08. The problems have gotten worse, not better, in terms of jobs. Hes got a great vision when it comes to jobs. Hes already done healthcare, which was revolutionary and hes done some other things to get people back to work, Barry said.
The always outspoken Barry also took a direct shot at Republicans, who he argued have turned their backs on black Americans.
The Republicans offer no hope, no direction thats particularly helpful to us, particularly African Americans, Barry said.
The current DC City Councilman also dismissed speculation that enthusiasm for Obama has waned in the black community. Barry said that despite concerns that the administration hasnt addressed their problems as much as theyd hoped in 2008, they will still turn out in November for the nations first black president
We have some doubts about whether hes done enough. But were going to come out in large numbers. We have no choice the choices are stay home or vote for Romney. And were not taking any of those choices so were going to be coming out
enthusiastic for President Obama, Barry said.
The Bitch set him up.
Marion “Dirty Asian Shops” Berry
Unreal. Marion-freakin’Berry. OMG
Wasn’t he a contestant on “what’s my line?”
When did he get out of prison?
Didn’t they re-name the show “Where’s My Line?” for that episode?
Although extremely controversial thanks to numerous arrests for crack possession,
Come on now, the bitch set him up
In his youth Barry was an effective champion for the civil rights movement, then he was caught smoking crack in 1990. But he survived to become mayor again and survived again to become a council member. An HBO documentary about his life was aptly titled, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.
We asked Barry if he remembered when he decided to become a Democrat.
He looked at me as if I was crazy.
“Sure I remember,” he said. “It’s when I registered to vote, back in Memphis, Tennessee a long time ago. I really got involved with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee when we supported the Freedom Democratic Party in Mississippi and went to the convention in ‘64 to try to unseat the all-white Democratic party.”
I pressed him a little more. If both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party were all-White, why decide to pick up and fight for a change in one and not the other?
“I didn’t know anything about all that,” he said. “I was just like most people. I voted Democratic ... because we had Democratic senators, Democratic everything. It’s as simple as that.
But were going to come out in large numbers.
Did he bring his own Choom Wagon?
Maybe he and Hussein will be doing some blow together this week.
And we're supposed to think Clint sounded like a "senile old guy"? Uh-huh. Keep talkin', Marion!
Marion Barry Arrives At Democratic Convention, Scores a hooker and some crack, then Slams Republicans
There Fixed it.
“wildly popular” ?
You give this idiot enough drugs, he would become a right winger.
i would welcome the criminal to speak at the dnc convention. stand up for the narcissist in chief!
bring as many weirdo’s freaks and tramps that demand that I pay for your condoms and birth control pills.
that will win the election.
God Amighty! I know HE KNOWS that this muslim is not a Christian.
when he gets booted out I hope that his unpresidential library is built in kenya.
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