Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Happy Birthday! Again and Again and Again...


Marion Barry's cake was kelly-green and white (By Nikita Stewart).

Marion Barry turned 72. Again.

A who's who of development, lobbying and politics showed up Thursday night for a party at The Park, local club mogul Marc Barnes' latest creation.

"I'm kind of confused because I think I've been to 10 birthday parties this month," said Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7).

Drawing laughter, Barry said that being in his 70s meant he could have as many parties as he wanted.

But the party, complete with kelly-green and white birthday cake - Barry's campaign colors - had a serious tone, too. It is an election year in Ward 8. And this was a fundraiser where guests were urged to contribute as much as $500.

Barry pointed out how much his ward has changed in the last decade, when there was "high crime, drug dealers and ladies of the night."

"It's a new day in Ward 8," he said. "We're going to have a state- of- the- art Art Center, Opera and concerts."

Event sponsors included lawyer J.R. Clark, businessman Brett Greene, former council members Harold Brazil and Kevin Chavous and Radio Onescion Alfred Liggins.


Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) was at Barry's birthday party (By Nikita Stewart).

Also among the sponsors was Jacques Patterson, Barry's 2004 challenger, who wished Barry well, and noted just how bad Barry had beaten him in that race. "I got a spankin', a good spankin'," Patterson said.

Barry chuckled and added: "Ran over like a Mack truck."

But Barry had some kind words for one special guest in the crowd. As he talked about how "blessed" he is with a caring and nurturing spirit, he recognized Cora Masters Barry. The couple separated nearly six years ago, but remain legally married.

"Cora Masters Barry stuck with me when times were difficult," Barry said. Cora Barry, who had been making the rounds at the party, was seated on a couch out of Barry's eyesite. She rose from her seat and shouted, "Hi husband," as the partygoers laughed.

Nikita Stewart, Yolanda Woodlee

By Marcia Davis  |  March 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Turnbull Indicted
Next: Labor's Diss-Union

Comments

As a voter in DC who has "grown up", I realize that no one is perfect. Many people condemn DC's leaders, however, I don't see those people working to make DC a better place.

Happy Birthday Mr. Barry, thanks for caring even when the spotlight is off!

Posted by: tyrinaS | March 25, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The American people have elected George W. Bush President of the United States twice, and his whole life, especially his 7 years as president, could be considered a lesson in bad judgements. Should we now strip everyone in the country of their vote?

Oh wait, I forgot. There were actually more votes for the OTHER guy in one of those elections. Turns out we're not so dumb after all.

Posted by: ThirdKind | March 25, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

When are the people of Ward 8 going to wake up?? There is NOT a "new day" in your community. You are treading water, while the rest of the city continues to develop. Crime and drugs plague your community, and you continue to elect this guy?? I'm sure he is fun to hang out with at a party, but is that what you want in an elected official? I would suggest electing someone with new ideas and that will push for development. All you will get is lip service with Barry. Don't complain about the blight of your community if you aren't willing to make some changes. Change CAN be a very good thing.

Posted by: livininShaw | March 25, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

jrees2006:

You levy some fairly serious accusations in your comments about Mayor Adrian Fenty "...1. People addicted to drugs ...2. People who engage in domestic violence against their spouse ...3. People who cheat on their spouse." However, you left out the most important thing. Verifiable FACTS. Absent that, your comments are nothing more than defamitory rhetoric.

Then you go on to blame the District voters for electing him based on your unsupported comments.

If the Mayor was a "drug addict" then where is the police report (report number) to substantiate that? Was he ever arrested? Did you do drugs WITH him? Got a tape (as does exist with Marion Barry)? If he beat his wife, same thing, was he ever arrested (police report or other credible source, FOIA documents, Officers verification?)

I have heard these accusations before with no facts, including the rumer that the current police chief covered for then councilmember Fenty in the domestic abuse thing when she was the Commander over his ward (4th District), however, nobody ever substantiated these "rummors" and until that is done, they will ever be JUST rumors. I find it hard to believe that Linda Cropp didn't make this public in that dirty campaign she ran if there was any substance to the rumor.

You must do your homework before levying such seemingly fairy tales as fact.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 25, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Haters are always looking through a peep hole and trying to tear down what God is doing. If you have no positive comments and negative critism is the energy you dissipate, you need to read your Bible and seach your scriptures as it relates to Death and Life is in the power of the tongue. Amen.

Posted by: anthonydink | March 25, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Haters are always looking through a peep hole and trying to tear down what God is doing. If you have no positive comments and negative critism is the energy you dissipate, you need to read your Bible and seach your scriptures as it relates to Death and Life is in the power of the tongue. Amen.

Posted by: anthonydink | March 25, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Yvette, is that guy touching you?

Posted by: gconrads | March 25, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Barry for mayor! He's the best mayor in the history of this country, and this city needs him back in that office.

Posted by: jsgoldberg | March 25, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Haters are always looking through a peep hole and trying to tear down what God is doing. If you have no positive comments and negative critism is the energy you dissipate, you need to read your Bible and seach your scriptures as it relates to Death and Life is in the power of the tongue. Amen."

Posted by: anthonydink | March 25, 2008 08:57 AM

Are you equating Marion Barry with god?

...We as DC citizens have an inherent right to critize our local goverment as much as we want.

Posted by: BigCarter28 | March 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey jsgoldberg, look out man, you're burnin' your nose.

Posted by: oicic1 | March 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Barry's at his 9th birthday party because he forgot that hes' had the other 8. Heads a little cloudy, you unnerstand.

Posted by: oicic1 | March 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Mark Barnes is also the owner of the popular night club "Love" in Ivy City. That club is so loud, that you could hear the noise from as far as Trinidad Neighborhood, no wonder why the city never enforces the noise policy against him

Posted by: mrgedi | March 25, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I find it a bit funny that while Barry talks about how much ward 8 has changed, less crime, drugs, and hookers, he neglects to mention that all of those changes for the better occured AFTER he left the Mayors office. If he had stayed this city would be the hopeless bankrupt forgotten backwater competing with Detroit for highest crime it used to be. Happy birthday Marion, but please, please, don't try to ruin the city again.

Posted by: cambel1 | March 25, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You know, it's hard for a lot of non-DC people to understand what Marion Barry means to scores of native D.C. people. Barry will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Did he mess up in the 90's sure. Was the city a financial disaster? Yup, although not all of it was Barry's fault. My point is while there were some bad times for him, he also did a lot of good.

Summer jobs for youth for starters. Helping the elderly and the underserved is another. He also help build the black middle class that now strives well in PG and Mo counties and elsewhere.

So I say Happy Birthday Marion. Many of us still love you.

DC Native and Ward 8 Resident.

Posted by: troydonte | March 25, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I pray that one day people in the District will look past the summer jobs program as the legacy of Marion Barry. I'm a DC native and agree that we should be able to fairly criticize those for whom we cast our ballots.

Posted by: ltillman1955 | March 25, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company