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Potomac Primary: Barry to Endorse Obama

D.C. Council member Marion Barry will endorse Barack Obama for president later this week. The former Washington mayor told me he has selected Obama because "he's a fresh start, a new direction. I listened to him Sunday morning on C-SPAN and it was like a breath of fresh air."

Barry, who remains popular in his Southeast Washington ward and in neighborhoods where longtime residents feel as if the city they grew up in is changing without them, said he was an early supporter of Bill Clinton back in 1992 and that he was "close to endorsing Hillary this time." But as Barry has watched the campaign, he has concluded that Sen. Clinton represents older and less flexible forces in the Democratic party.

Barry expects that Obama will win in Tuesday's D.C. primary, but cautioned that the contest will be closer than might be expected based on a purely racial reading of the electorate.

Mayor Adrian Fenty has endorsed Obama as well, as have council members Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7.) Council members Jim Graham (Ward 1), Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Mary Cheh (Ward 3) have lined up behind Hillary Clinton.

By Marc Fisher |  February 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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just on the headline alone -

hahahahahahahahahahaha

no really

hahahahahahaha

because i'm sure obama will thank barry for his endorsement

hahahahahaha

Posted by: Just a thought | February 7, 2008 8:28 AM

This endorsement is the kiss of death

Posted by: Cliff Claven | February 7, 2008 8:30 AM

I saw Barry on MSNBC last night. I think I heard him say "abomoly," which appears to be a mixture of the words anomaly and abnormality.

Posted by: JohnG | February 7, 2008 8:32 AM


Who cares?

Literally: who cares?

It'd more interesting to know who the shoe shiners at Union are supporting.

Posted by: Dan | February 7, 2008 8:44 AM

Marion Barry is still regarded as a serious politician in DC and other parts of the country. Sure he's made mistakes but, so has Bill Clinton. I think his endorsement is very positive and will encourage voters in DC/MD/and Virginia.

Posted by: Elaine M. | February 7, 2008 8:49 AM

I was thinking it was DAVE Barry who was endorsing Obama. Not that would be something...

Posted by: JB | February 7, 2008 8:57 AM

"Literally: who cares?"

You cared enough to read and post, so apparently you!

Barry obviously has a horrible reputation, but he does still have a lot of influence in this city. While half the country will laugh about this, Obama won't be laughing when Barry's ward lines up to help give DC to the Illini.

Posted by: Eric | February 7, 2008 8:58 AM

Obama does not need (Barry's)endorsement to win DC, come Feb. 12 it's Obama - 64 Clinton 35.


snitchonmurder.com

Posted by: Larry K | February 7, 2008 9:03 AM

As an Obama supporter, I'm not sure how I feel about this. But if it gets him more votes, so be it, I guess.

To all my friends in DC, from your neighbor in Maryland, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote! Turn out the huge numbers for Obama, because we don't just need him to win Potomac Tuesday, we need him to win it by a lot, to generate more delegates and more momentum.

I think Obama is the most likely of all the candidates to push hard for D.C. voting rights. Vote Obama! YES WE CAN!

Posted by: ASinMoCo | February 7, 2008 9:19 AM

I wonder how much Hillary paid him to do this.

Posted by: Paul | February 7, 2008 9:28 AM

I agree that Marion Barry has influence.

To Larry K.,

Where did your numbers come from?

Posted by: Norma J. | February 7, 2008 9:29 AM

If he was paid by Hillary to endorse Obama, does that mean he was tricked? You could almost say "The B !tch set him up".

The fact that this person has any standing in the city is an embarrassment. If It was up the Barry, the city would be over run with his type of affordable housing, also called crackhouses.

Posted by: Jon | February 7, 2008 9:34 AM


Elaine's statement "Marion Barry is still regarded as a serious politician in DC and other parts of the country. Sure he's made mistakes but, so has Bill Clinton."

Is maybe the funniest case of moral equivocation I have ever seen.

Barry hasn't just made "mistakes", his life is a total mess.

Having said that, who cares. No one who wasn't going to vote for Obama before is going to be influenced by Barry.

Must be a slow news day.

Posted by: DC | February 7, 2008 9:56 AM

OVERDOSE, OVERDOSE, OVERDOSE... PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:01 AM

Nothing quite like locking up the coke vote.....

Posted by: FLvet | February 7, 2008 10:01 AM

HEY, WHERE'D MY OVERDOSE COMMENT GO? WHAT HAPPENED TO FREE SPEECH?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:06 AM

NEVERMIND, THERE IT IS.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:07 AM

FLvet, get it right... it was crack, not coke... Bush was coke...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:08 AM

I TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE I AM INSECURE!!! I ALSO CANNOT READ!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:10 AM

ddd

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:14 AM

NO, I TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS B/C I CAN. AND, WHAT DOES TYPING IN CAPITAL LETTERS HAVE TO DO WITH BEING ABLE TO READ OR BEING INSECURE?

GOOD COMEBACK THOUGH.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:16 AM

Vote Barry for Prez 2008. Free crack for everybody!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 10:30 AM

i guess barry and obama prolly had the same dealer back in the day. lol

Posted by: 761-091 | February 7, 2008 11:01 AM

Marion Barry is a powerful force in the DC Area amoung African Americans. His endorsement is not a laughing matter.
He was forgiven. Bill Clinton has made mistakes and he was forgiven as well.

Posted by: MicheleR | February 7, 2008 11:11 AM

Crack is a type of Coke.

Barry has not been forgiven by anyone accept for the extremely naive. He has been caught in a number of questionable situations since then.

This is like getting a white supremacist endorsement in the south.

Posted by: Know your Drugs | February 7, 2008 11:16 AM

You can't ignore that both these men abused drugs. I don't care if Obama admitted it in his book. It's still very illegal and one terrible message for kids who look up to this black man as a hero of sorts. I do not buy the argument that he can say that turned his life around. The message for young people who want to justify drug abuse is, you can run for President even if you have abused drugs. I'm not allowing this message to get to my small children. Thanks anyway. There are pleny of successful black men who do not have such a past.
Clinton '08

Posted by: Susie | February 7, 2008 11:21 AM

"This is like getting a white supremacist endorsement in the south."

Oh, come on. The dude has a drug problem. So do a lot of people. He still fights tooth and nail for his ward, which is why they still vote him in. We're talking about one of the most forgotten, poor, under-served areas in the whole country, about 2 miles from the Capitol. You should target your jibes towards people who work against its citizens, not who have dedicated their life to it.

If you do want to criticize Barry in a way that doesn't sound like a guilty man casting stones, you can talk about his putting a lot of people in his ward on the payroll to basically do nothing while he was mayor. Of course, this is partly why they still love him so much down there.

Posted by: Eric | February 7, 2008 11:32 AM

one thing everyone is forgetting even after all his problems in the past he still got re-elected overwhemingly as council member. i predict this endorsement will be a secret weapon. he connects very well with the inner youth of dc especially in his district...i know this because i was born and raised in dc. Every person who live in DC will never forget the summer job program he created and led when he was mayor. i do agree with barry that it may not be a big upset like 60 points more like 30 points.

Posted by: mthomas | February 7, 2008 11:44 AM

What is Proportion of Arican-Americans in District of Colombia?


After 220 years and no Woman ever President, a 55% majority population, Instead want a 12% minority?

Obama Won in "Red States" With larger % of Blacks, who understandably "Block Voted" for African-Indonesian-American, and under 30 Digital Gen Youth Hype (many under 18?) make up balance.

Open Your Eyes! Why are the Pro-Republican Media & Pundits ONLY ATTACKING Mrs CLINTON, and Silent on Obama? They Know they Can Beat Barak Hussain, but not Hillary Rodman- She "Is Vetted" by 5 Year Investigations by Ken Starr & Republican Power Base - With NO RESULTS!

Their Obama Nomination Strategy allows "Swiftboating Barak Hussein", they know there is a lot to Dig Up to Slime and Win!

The Republican Slime Machine has quietly started... even before his Nomination!

"Barack Hussein Obama is an African-American who has not shared the black American experience and was, by birth and blood, a Muslim for at least 27 years. His politics are rooted in Marx and socialism. He is a master at shaping his own mythology and completely unqualified to be Commander in Chief." www.freedomsenemies.com/_more/obama.htm

It "IS All About Experience and ability to Fight" To REPAIR 8-year Republican "taxbreaks for rich" Mal-Administration, rampant Federal Law violations, and 235 Documented War of Choice Lies, a bankrupt Economy.... So Republicans do Not want Mrs Clinton to get Nomination because She can Repair 8 Years, including the Economy.

Posted by: Dogbert | February 7, 2008 11:58 AM

"Marion Barry is still regarded as a serious politician in DC and other parts of the country..."

I wonder what country that could be? Certainly not the U.S.

Marion has come to embody the description he once gave of Jesse Jackson: the only thing he knows how to run is his mouth.

Posted by: Oh, really? | February 7, 2008 12:03 PM

You can't ignore that both these men abused drugs. I don't care if Obama admitted it in his book. It's still very illegal and one terrible message for kids who look up to this black man as a hero of sorts. I do not buy the argument that he can say that turned his life around. The message for young people who want to justify drug abuse is, you can run for President even if you have abused drugs. I'm not allowing this message to get to my small children. Thanks anyway. There are pleny of successful black men who do not have such a past.
Clinton '08

Posted by: Susie
***********

well to be fair, even though I'm a Hillary supporter, Obama admited to using cocaine, not abusing. I do know if he ever had to be sent to rehab due to his use, or ever declared bankrupcy or owed his dealers $ due to his drug use.

Its important to draw a distinction between "use" and "abuse." They are not the same.

Barry has clearly abused crack cocaine in his lifetime, he's had multiple problems due to his abuse.

Same would be for a person who smoked pot. Smoking a blunt every few months, or smoking up at a concert doesn't make you automatically a "pot head" with a weed dependency problems.

In this age we want polticians to be truthfull, Obama has come clean on his drug use. He would be lying if his use was WAY more than he has admitted to and actually had problems controlling his use.

Posted by: Vic | February 7, 2008 12:06 PM

Dogbert-you asked what the proportion of African Americans is in DC...it's 56.5%. More then females - 53.1%. I couldn't understand your point though.

I really don't understand why you want to discount voters under 30 either. Maybe because we didn't vote for Nixon like you did? That turned out well.

Posted by: js | February 7, 2008 12:10 PM

I don't care about the endorsement other than, "how many super delegates does it get him?" Anyone have the answer to that.

Posted by: Melodie | February 7, 2008 12:10 PM

Dogbert-you asked what the proportion of African Americans is in DC...it's 56.5%. More then females - 53.1%. I couldn't understand your point though.

I really don't understand why you want to discount voters under 30 either. Maybe because we didn't vote for Nixon like you did? That turned out well.

Posted by: js | February 7, 2008 12:10 PM
*******

Maybe its because those voters under 30 are the ones that do not show up at the polls come november?

Kerry was supposed to win 3 years ago based on the youth vote. Most of them decided to stay home and watch MTV Cribs instead.

Some of these folks might end up staying home and play with their Wii's this time around.

Posted by: Vic | February 7, 2008 12:14 PM

The White Supremacist comparison is actually quite good. Both endorsements get you virtually no votes, but make it look like your associated with someone of ill repute. The only people barry may have weight with is the poor of DC (why I don't know). The rest of the country hates him. If the dems have to worry about losing DC in a presidential election, they are beyond screwed.

Posted by: Jon | February 7, 2008 12:15 PM

Eric wrote:
"Oh, come on. The dude has a drug problem. So do a lot of people. He still fights tooth and nail for his ward,"

As a landlord in Barry's ward, I respectfully disagree. I've called his office numerous times and never even gotten a response for simple quality of life issues like cleaning alleys, illegal dumping, etc. He has no message board presence ala Jim Graham and others. He is a total disgrace and has underserved an underserved community for years.

"We're talking about one of the most forgotten, poor, under-served areas in the whole country, about 2 miles from the Capitol. "

He was mayor 20+ years. Why didn't he turn around his own nieghborhood? That shows you how ineffective he was and is. Try calling his office for anything and you will see why Ward 8 is as you described.

Posted by: Nathan | February 7, 2008 12:20 PM

Ha ha!!! Crack party in the Oval Office!!!!! Ha ha!!!

Posted by: politically savvy | February 7, 2008 12:21 PM

Gives new meaning to the phrase supply and demand...

Obama takes it how he can get it I guess.

Posted by: Politico Charlie | February 7, 2008 12:24 PM

As amusing as this may be on a surface-level, it is really sad that Mr. Barry still feels that his influence in the local constituency is substantive. As an African-American he compromises the efforts of all African-American men, young and old. Please get help, Mr. Barry.

Posted by: CE | February 7, 2008 12:25 PM

If "Sen. Clinton represents older and less flexible forces in the Democratic party" what does Marion Barry represent?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 12:28 PM

hey, susie, you're an idiot. teach your kids about life--don't shelter them from it. teach your kids the difference between 'use' and 'abuse'. also, please teach your kids that just because some arcane law says something is illegal, it doesn't make it bad. for example, several states still have laws making oral intercourse illegal. well, i'm here to tell you, it definitely ain't bad!

Posted by: slickwil | February 7, 2008 12:36 PM

I agree with Nathan above. If Ward 8 was really benefiting from Mr. Barry we wouldn't be in the shape that we are in. He's worthless and until we vote in a council member who can actually do their job and adequately represent their ward, we will always be a poor, forgotten, and underserved neighborhood.

Posted by: Urban_Architect | February 7, 2008 12:38 PM

****OBAMASTOCK******

FEATURING COKEFEST, CRACKHEAD MARION BARRY AND ACID DROPPING GRATEFUL DEAD (LOVE THEIR MUSIC THOUGH)..WHAT A CRACK THIS WILL BE...FULL OF PSYCHEDELIC FUN!!!

IS THIS OBAMAFEST MORPHING INTO OBAMA CULT? VERY SCARY, WEIRD AND "IT'S ALL ABOUT OBAMA"

Posted by: papeehara | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM

The people who make the coke/crack comments simply show the type of ignorant simpletons who will be repeating republican smear points throughout the campaign.

I don't think Barry endorsing Obama is significant. It certainly doesn't change the fact that I look forward to voting for Obama on February 12.

Posted by: Larry-T | February 7, 2008 12:58 PM

Obama won't win in DC. That's for sure. Just like in MA. Obama got some big people's endorsement there, but look at the result. That was really a big joke.

Posted by: hgo | February 7, 2008 1:09 PM

OMG! This is just too good to be true!!!!
More cocaine, please!!!!!! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha,..........

Posted by: brigittepj | February 7, 2008 1:18 PM

there are some endorsements that you can really live without....

Posted by: Bethesda | February 7, 2008 1:18 PM

It really doesn't matter. The people that Berry actually influences, for the most part don't have voting rights.

Posted by: HiFiGator | February 7, 2008 1:28 PM

endorsements mean nothing

Posted by: russs | February 7, 2008 1:36 PM

Remember the mini-scandal when Hillary had to fire one of her aids for saying something to the effect that Republicans will have a field day with Obama's admitted youth drug use? Let's be honest that this person was on to something. The same people who managed to present John Kerry's awarded service in Vietnam as a negative will have Obama looking like Bad News Barnes before they get through with him. The very last thing Obama needs right now is to be in any way associated with Marion Barry who many still associate with drug use.

I don't know if this was Marion Barry's freelancing, or if he consulted with the Obama campaign ahead of time. If the latter, I would have hoped that Obama's people could have persuaded hizzoner to vote in the primary but keep his preference to himself.

Posted by: Nooooo | February 7, 2008 1:43 PM

Thank you Mr. Barry!!!!

an ardent Clinton supporter

Posted by: kathy | February 7, 2008 1:52 PM

This is news? Who is Jack Evans endorsing? Who is Mayor Fenty endorsing?

Who cares?

Posted by: Surprise, surprise. | February 7, 2008 1:56 PM

Consider the source - Barry is a criminal who ran the District into the ground.

This endorsement will be just as effective as the ones by Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Deval Patrick.

Smart voters can think for themselves. They don't need superficial endorsements from people who are out of touch with reality.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 2:04 PM

This just in: Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelley is endorsing Mike Gravel.

Posted by: Scoop!! | February 7, 2008 2:18 PM

More importantly, who is Harriette Walters endorsing?


I understand that she may have some money!

Posted by: Big Fred | February 7, 2008 2:28 PM

Elaine M. and others:

I beg to differ. Marion Barry may still be somewhat relevant in DC. He is, and has been for a decade, totally irrelevant in the rest of the country.

You can 'blee dat!

Posted by: Marion Who? | February 7, 2008 2:34 PM

http://www.taylormarsh.com/archives_view.php?id=26871

Read this before you vote with your head in the democratic primary!!!!!!!

Posted by: Maria | February 7, 2008 2:41 PM

Wow. Everybody needs to CHILL OUT.

1) We need to not make Barry's endorsement any bigger or smaller than it is. All it means is Barry likes Obama and will support him. It does not mean that Obama has some connection, historical or present, to Barry, and it DOES NOT mean that Obama endorses Barry. These superficial connections and implications being drawn up are unfounded, unnecessary, and inappropriate.

2) One thing that really concerns me is how dogmatic Hillary's supporters are/have become of late. And when I press them to have an actual discourse based on policy, very few are up to the task. They've become fanatical, to the extent that it borders on what I might call Clintofascism. She's a Clinton so she must be right. So what people? Let's focus on the issues rather than demonizing. Which brings me to my third point.

3) Why is there so much negativity here? Do you all see it when you read these comments? How can a discussion about a simple endorsement turn out to be so divisive? I seldom agree with Republicans-- not out of a mistrust of their character, but because of genuine policy differences--but I did agree with the United we Stand rhetoric. Until we learn to overcome the pettiness that has obviously consumed this log of comments, we will always end up right back where we started. You ever see a dog chasing it's tail? Funny, huh? Well, that's us as a people right now. Not so funny anymore, is it?

So my overall point (and kudos to those of you who actually read my thoughts, and thanks as well) is that discourse and debate is great, but let's elevate ourselves above all of the petty divisive ways of the past. It's the only way we'll be able to do those things which we are so capable of doing. And my secondary point: let's not make such a big deal out of the Barry endorsement. I'm sure Obama won't (and probably nobody else will).

Posted by: MRB | February 7, 2008 2:45 PM

Did Hillary give Barry an official Lincoln Bedroom Crack Pipe Set or just a couple of extra rocks that one of Bill's tramps left behind?

Posted by: Remus | February 7, 2008 2:57 PM

Vic,

I have heard that Obama has used the word "abused" not just "used" drugs. I'm not sure the book is the only citation there is on this but, to me, it doesn't matter. To most moms, including yours, Vic, cocaine is a big deal. When a child asks a question about drug use, do you really think you can reach them by getting into the details of whether or not someone had to be sent to rehab or went broke b/c of it? NO. Parents understand that the simplest message is the one kids take away. The simplest message is - this guy used COCAINE and now feels qualified to run our country. This is about judgement.

Obama supporters have very thin skin. If this upsets you, you may as well quit now.

Posted by: Susie | February 7, 2008 2:59 PM

the dogbert post is copied trash.

I saw it yesterday complete w/ the same mis-spelling of Ms. Clinton's maiden/middle name.

the author is a plagiarist.

get some self respect

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 3:49 PM

But Mom, times have changed, even president Obama used cocaine and heroin when he was my age.

Not you too Dad. Look, if president Obama smokes cigarettes, why can't I. It can't be all that bad.

Posted by: Alan | February 7, 2008 3:49 PM

So let me see here. You guys are making fun of Obama admitting he used drugs when he was younger but have nothing to say about our current sitting president who still has never denied that he used drugs before he was 29 or anytime before his dad was elected president.

A majority of Americans have used drugs at least once in their lives which means Obama, Bush, Barry all represent the majority of Americans not the minority. Let's not even get into what Hillary and McCain where doing when they were younger.

Posted by: Southeasterner | February 7, 2008 3:53 PM

Clinton supporters are getting nastier and farther out of touch w/ reallity by the minute.

these are exactly the divisive politics that are leading reasonable people to the Obama camp.

Go Clinton supporters!

Posted by: et | February 7, 2008 4:04 PM

Umm. I kinda wish Marion Barry would have kept that to himself. LOL. I can't imagine this is an endorsement Obama sought out.

I may not understand why, but Barry does seem to have a lot of influence in DC. So...whatever. I think for people who like Barry, this will have a positive influence. For those of us who are indifferent to him...it doesn't really matter.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:15 PM

My feelings about this story have very quickly evolved. At first, after seeing just the headline and realizing that we were talking about Marion Barry, my gut reaction was, OH NO!" Then I started reading what he had to say about changing his opinion and why and realized that the man makes sense, no matter what I think about him, personally. Then I realized when I started reading some of the (totally expected) smart-mouthed posts from Clinton supporters just how hypocritical they are in taking such a strong negative position against Marion Barry while having the gall to support the likes of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Trust me; if Marion Barry had had the power of the Presidency to protect him and the support of the Democratic party to save his hide, he wouldn't have gone to jail and wouldn't have lost his job either. I didn't view this as very important either, but the man did get elected to office in DC despite his past record and problems and apparently still has influence in one of the smaller areas to hold a primary election, so maybe he will help more than he will hurt.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:23 PM

I agree with MRB and et. What's up with all the hate??????

Get a grip on yourselves people!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:23 PM

MRB, What a thoughtful and articulate commentary. It is sadly out of place among these petty and silly comments.

Some Clinton supporters have become particularly hateful on the message boards and its unfortunate. They do know the candidates actually agree on about 98 percent of the issues, right?

And for those trying to dismiss Barry, go ahead. Its funny, and there is some truth in the humor. However, few people in D.C. political history move people to vote like he does. There is a reason he has resurrected his political career time after time.

Posted by: JoBu | February 7, 2008 4:34 PM

But Mom, Pres. Obama used cocaine. President Bush used drugs too. Drug laws are silly!

Posted by: Sarah | February 7, 2008 4:40 PM

I abhore the man, but I cannot identify with him. I come from a different life, background, and field of knowledge than his supporters. I'll admit that.

He did a whole lot of bad things to this city's finances and city administration, but what he DID do, which lends him the support he has, was assist the people: summer jobs, affordable housing, extra money for heat bills in the winter, etc...

Granted it caused problems with finances, but that is why people connect with him. In that way he did do this city just service. He actually provided. But, he most certainly is NOT infallible.

PS. I endorse Clinton.

Posted by: Jason | February 7, 2008 4:57 PM

CRACKHEADS FOR OBAMA!

Posted by: Pookie San | February 7, 2008 4:59 PM

The ultimate irony here is that the same Hillary-backers who are trashing Obama because he is being endorsed in next week's primary by former Mayor Barry will be (1) slobbering all over Barry for his endorsement in November if she wins the nomination; and (2) championing that endorsement.

Posted by: Robert Marley | February 7, 2008 5:05 PM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. I'm not really a fan of Hillary, but with both Fenty and Barry supporting Obama, I will definitely go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for her.
Then in November, I'll likely vote for McCain if Bloomberg stays out of the race and definitely will not vote for Obama as he is just another Adrian Fenty and would be way in over his head as President. candidate

Posted by: DC Dem for McCain | February 7, 2008 5:10 PM

This is why D.C. will never get voting rights.

Posted by: Karen | February 7, 2008 5:17 PM

Dogbert, yeah, Idaho's 20,000 Democratic voters were all voting based on identity politics. The Clintons 60% point drubbing in a party contest was a tremendous vote of confidence.

Good for Barry. If we're applying the Clinton standard as judge of a person's worthiness, Barry passes with flying colors. The only difference being that the Clintons had the kind of money and connections that tend to net good legal representation and a favorable judicial outcome.

Posted by: JP2 | February 7, 2008 5:33 PM

Dear Susie:

Have you previously lived in Saudi Arabia or Iran? If not, it is amazing because your prohibitionist/puritantical views on drugs seem very similar to the types of fanatical, narrow-minded policies espoused by those nut-jobs.

If you want to protect your children from the dangers of drugs, you should raise them properly and educate them so that they do not choose things that you think are bad for them.

However, in my view we should not be spending BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars every year to fund the so called "War on Drugs" to satisfy your personal view that these substances are somehow inherently evil.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." We have been fighting the so called "War on Drugs" for so many years now that many of our fellow citizens do not realize what it was like in this country not too long ago when things like opium, cannabis, cocaine and other drugs were legal - and guess what? It was no big deal and we certainly did not have the types of blackmarket and gang problems that we have today. No, those problems have only gotten worse because of the so called "War on Drugs."

Remember, we got into this mess today because the same right-wing religous fanatics that wanted to outlaw booze also successfully lobbied our political leaders in the early 1930's to prohibit certain drugs. While we had the sense to repeal alcohol prohibition, many folks bought into (and still buy into) the fantasy that drugs are the ultimate evil and banning them somehow makes us all safer.

We need to have a real discussion about drugs in this campaign and sadly this issue, among others, is not being discussed.

I once thought that there was hope in this country for change on this issue. After I read posts from people (like Susie) who inculcate their children with the same thoughtless prohibitionist nonsense, it makes me sad.

Wake up Susie, the long-term benefits of decriminalization of drugs far outweighs the short-term risks of abuse and dependency.

I support Marion Barry's right to smoke crack. Just do it in your house, don't give it to kids, and stay off the roads.

Posted by: Aaron Burr | February 7, 2008 5:47 PM

mickey mouse could endorse obama for all i care...if it works--then whatever!!! as long as he GETS AS MANY VOTES AS POSSIBLE!!! OBAMA 2008 because REAL CHANGE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT WAIT!!!

Posted by: and...? | February 7, 2008 6:15 PM

if this were an endorsement for hillary, it would be considered a wonderful thing. it's time to move on. some of you people sound incredibly hateful, racist and ignorant.

Posted by: robert marley is right | February 7, 2008 6:20 PM

thanks to poster MRB--a slice of sanity on this message board of what seem to be lunatics. at least so-called "crackheads" have an excuse for ridiculously inappropriate words and actions. to the bigoted hillary supporters who have chosen to spew their venom here today: what's YOURS?

more proof that this country desperately needs an obama administration.

Posted by: california observer | February 7, 2008 6:26 PM

I think Obama would make a great mountain man. Retreting to nature and making decisions like a true naturalest. Killing some GRIZ and perhaps dancing around the camp fire. FOR REAL

Posted by: jackmax | February 7, 2008 7:10 PM

look at obama record he has none well mabe just this london times reported that REZO had taken a 3.5 million daller ILEGAL payment from one corrupt IRAGI buisnessmam named AUCHI FINTRADE a company in panama made loans to OBAMA campaign in 2005 sitting on the board of directors of the company is one MRS AUCHI the wife of this buisnessman now ABC NEWS sources are beginning to follow the AUCHI trail and it has been discovered that he was linked with no outher than our beloved SADAM HUSSIEN conect the dots my fellow americans OBAMA stated that he did not vote for the war i wonder why OBAMA olso had 37% ABSENCE for votes he did not do what the people sent him out to do was vote on there best intressed the repuplicans will have plenty dirt on OBAMA i think the best thing OBAMA can do for the party is to withdraw if not then will have repuplicans as presdant

Posted by: jrtexas | February 7, 2008 7:13 PM

Lets see: Marion endorses Obama; Cora Barry (Marion's wife number 4) endorsed Clinton. I guess each campaign has its own cross to bear.

Posted by: Who Cares | February 7, 2008 7:26 PM

Too funny!!!

Perhaps they have mutual friends and acquaintances in the neighborhood! Perhaps they can sit down and smoke a little!

Posted by: Ray | February 7, 2008 7:30 PM

Marion Barry...go back to the crack house. What are you doing trying to make Obama look like he hangs around crack heads. I know the re-elected you in DC. I live in Los Angeles, and I only know you by being a Mayor caught on tape smoking CRACK!

Posted by: MsRita | February 7, 2008 7:33 PM

Clinton has raised over 5 million in less than 24 hours eclipsing Obama and more importantly Obama is refusing to have any further debates! What a coward! Hillary has already accepted five invites for debates while obama hides behind Oprah's skirt! America wants substance not a blowhard coward like Obama who is afraid to debate a woman who is clearly smarter and more experienced, hence more prepared to lead. Obama is a loser and a coward! No wonder Obama has so much Republican support! They love battling cowards!

Posted by: Ray | February 7, 2008 7:34 PM

That fact that these people live in WARDS...says it all. I am Black and Live the a City. I would never move anywhere where they have wards. Just sounds like the lowest of the lowest place to live.

Please move or try to change the names to cities. You will never have a better life living in an area call WARD.

Posted by: MsRita | February 7, 2008 7:39 PM

The sad justification comment of Barry and his criminal behavior reminds me of the city councilwomen in Pittsburgh that was indicted for multiple counts of fraud, and facing ultimate conviction of fleecing her constituents out of millions in public assistance, she brashly ran for re-election contending that her people needed her kind of representation because she knew what was best for them. She preached faith without substance in the same manner that Obama preachers hope without substance. Sounds like the same politics to me!!!

Posted by: Ray | February 7, 2008 7:43 PM

Let me draw the distinction beteen use and abuse. There are actually medical uses for cocaine, not crack, if prescribed by a doctor, that is using! Running around using street drugs for mere pleasure, in any form, is defined as abusing!!!

For anyone to try to rationalize street drugs and draw some ill-defined distinction between using and abusing, based on level of use, is patently absurd! It is like saying she is a little pregnant or that the perpetrator only penetrated the victim and stopped immediately afterward and therefore did not rape her!

By the way, the coward will not even agree to debate her. Perhaps he can hit the pipe with Marion and find his stones!!!

Posted by: Ray | February 7, 2008 7:54 PM

This whole drug thing is such a red herring. Just about every congressman and senator has a well stocked liquor cabinet in his office, pounds of marijuana are smoked daily by administrative assistants, elevator operators and capitol police,the Kennedy clan experimented with psychedelics, Jesus, Mohammad and Buddha quite probably used drugs (www.americanpassionplay.com)in their quest for enlightenment and as a resident of a middle class university town in the San Francisco bay area I know only one or two people that don't use some kind of drug. America has to get real about the drug war and I welcome a president who has had those experiences, seen where it was at and is thus able to and understand the problems from allthe different different levels.

Posted by: Hakim Kutta | February 7, 2008 7:56 PM

Hakim Kutta,

You sound like a real dope smoking delusionary idiot. Where in your crack induced delusions do you presume to say that Jesus did dope, you pathetic moron. The fact Jesus refused to take narcotics while being impailed because like any reasonable person he knew using dope dulls the senses and judgement, hence the name dope, you dope!

Posted by: Ray | February 7, 2008 8:34 PM

Do you think the media will make as big a deal out of this endorsement as they have Kennedy's? The Clinton campaign has to get this in major paper in the country. They won't need to spend any campaign money. This is gold for them!
Does anyone know if the video of Barry with the Hooker smoking crack is on Youtube?

Posted by: badger3 | February 7, 2008 10:09 PM

To Robert Marley. I can guarantee you that there is not one Hillary supporter that would think it would be wonderful to have Marion Barry endorse her. Truthfully, I doubt Obama is all that happy to have Barry's endorsement either.

Posted by: badger3 | February 7, 2008 10:15 PM

Quote: "Do you think the media will make as big a deal out of this endorsement as they have Kennedy's?" Unquote.

Good question.
I suspect it will receive very little attention; Obama's media worshipers don't want to tarnish his Jesus-like image they have conjured up.
And being a Hillary Clinton supporter, I HOPE this endorsement gets Obama the same results that Teddy's got him---the bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: JBH | February 7, 2008 11:20 PM

most of you sound like scared, lonely, miserable cowards. how sad for you.

Posted by: ihateracists | February 8, 2008 12:12 AM

The fact that "someone" endorses Obama could hurt or help him in the political arena is subject to question.

However, if you are an Obama supporter and really understand your candidate, and his vision of unity, you know that he doesn't discriminate or believe that any one person is better than another.

Having said this, you probably think this is naive -- maybe or maybe not. Obama is a brilliant man who knows how to handle any situation.

You might want to check out the following:

www.thinkonthesethings.wordpress.com

www.barackobama.com/issues

Learn the facts before you vote.

Posted by: SharonAustinTX | February 8, 2008 4:14 AM

Yo Marion you still owe me for those rocks. Sup wit dat? Don't make me come over there!

Posted by: Snoop Dog | February 8, 2008 11:25 AM

2 crack users. At least they have something in common

Posted by: iloveracists | February 8, 2008 11:27 AM

Democrat smoking CRACK in hotel room - "Oh, he's made mistakes"
Republican has a few too many drinks "Jail for Life! No good rotten sob!" And that's how the american idiots see it.

Posted by: Kathryn | February 8, 2008 11:31 AM

Dear Ray:

God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth....To you it will be for meat." ... And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31)

Posted by: Aaron Burr | February 8, 2008 1:27 PM

All of you, regardless of your political affiliation, be aware that this article was one of the headline features on Drudge for a brief time this morning, then they spiked it! They replaced it with a headline that the Governor of Washington was endorsing Obama. So much for news.

Censorship is what I call it.

It doesn't matter who endorses who, it's all news. If the endosement is embarassing or detracts from Obama's purpose, too bad. Deal with it Obama. Obama sure smiled for the picture with Ted. Why is it that Drudge decides that Obama can stand with the high and mighty, but shouldn't have to stand with the "little guy" too?

Love him or hate him, Marion Barry is newsworthy, if for no reason other than that the news medium still reports on him. That Obama may not have asked for the endorsement from Barry is no reason to supress the news that Barry endorsed Obama.

thefive

Posted by: peter.lysenko@hotmail.com | February 8, 2008 2:05 PM

So taking something off of the Drudge Report is akin to censorship in your little mind? Hey Peter, maybe you need to leave that crack pipe alone before you start posting.

Indeed the fact that you (and any other monkey out there with a computer) are free to view this article and make your silly little post sharply undercuts your baseless censorship argument.

Posted by: Robert Marley | February 8, 2008 5:07 PM

wow...if only a certain percentage of you folks would realize that the majority of the harm involved in drug use is in the prohibition... great....keep drugs illegal, ensure that men like Bill Clinton, Gorge W. Bush and Barack Obama could never in a million years become President if they were persecuted to the full extent of American drug law.......5% of the world's population and 25% of the prisoners.....sounds like a one way ticket to hell to me...if you were a parent, would you rather your child consume a)a government approved, safe for human consumption product or b)something some Colombian Drug Lord manufactured in the jungle?

Posted by: jimmyschmidt | February 9, 2008 12:02 AM

Ray--all of the great spiritual teachers of the world used drugs, visionary vegetables, magic mushrooms, for their blessed sacraments.Lao Tzu puffed the weed called Ma in that part of the world, the green goddess of a mother that brought peace.
All the oil Jesus was having his feet anointed with was from the hemp plant, he and his disciples were always stoned. Moses threw seeds on the fire and inhaled them through his long staff of a pipe, the Buddha subsisted on 5 marijuana seeds while doing his ascetic trip, Muhummad probably chewed kat while hanging out in the cave talking to Allah, a drug used in that part of the world as a social relaxant and meditation facilitator. Rama Krishna the great Hindu saint smoked ganja all day and of course the blood of Jesus, cheap wine, is glugged down every Sunday by the Christian priests of the western world. They were all druggies Ray, we're all druggies, everyone uses something; some put you to sleep, some wake you up. Sounds like you need to wake up. AmericanPassionPlay.com....Check it out.

Posted by: Hakim Kutta | February 10, 2008 3:05 PM

Damn, Karl Rove is EVERYWHERE.

Overheard when Billary and Obama were fighting over the endorsement:

He likes you better.

No, he likes YOU better.

Does not!

Does too!

Posted by: Justin Walker | February 11, 2008 12:52 PM

well Bush the Spender endorsed McCain the Deficit Hawk...this makes as much sense ...at this rate ,speaking as an evangelical Christian, all we need now is for "Reverend" Fred Phelps to hold a press conference for Mike Huckabee and make the farce complete...

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