Actual public utterances of former Washington mayor Marion Barry:
"I promise you a police car on every sidewalk."
"If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very, very low
"First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what
can I say? I'm a night owl."
"Bitch set me up."
"I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's
Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis, no
"The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law
of gravity is racist."
"People have criticized me because my security detail is larger than the
President's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to
kill me than who want to kill the President? I can assure you there are."
"The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black,
were the ultimate sacrifice."
"What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they
deem it necessary?"
"People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the
water mains didn't break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then?
"I am a great mayor; I am an upstanding Christian man; I am an
intelligent man; I am a deeply educated man; I am a humble man."
Submitted by reader C.K.