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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:11 PM
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To hear Marion Barry tell it, his latest comeback is more George Washington than Robert Downey Jr. The one-time Washington, D.C. mayor, long ago dubbed Mayor for Life for serving three terms, leaving office after being caught on film snorting crack cocaine and then winning reelection to lead the nations capital in 1994, says he had paid the rent the service to his fellow man that God requires of a person on Earth. In Barry's view, he, like Washington, was spending his time in blissful retirement when he was called by the people once more to serve. Having lunch at an aides house recently, the ex-mayor recalled that every time he visited the Safeway grocery near his house in recent years, he wound up staying there two or three hours, with residents constantly coming to him to complain about the citys leadership and beg for help.
Now a senior citizen, Barry walks with a slight limp, coughs frequently and looks thinner and MORE frail. Hes in the process of finalizing his fourth divorce. Gone is the kente cloth and other African garb from his previous comeback to politics, replaced by dark slacks, a derby hat and a gray beard. Besides his drug and alcohol addictions, which Barry wont talk about except to say he attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, he also suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and prostate cancer. I dont have health problems, I have health issues, he snaps. And hes also tired of talking about his past. You hardly hear anything about Bill Clinton or Robert Downey, Jr. There's racism in the downfallen community, the ex-mayor says. If youre white, people forget about it in a year.
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