Claim: Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry said lots of really dumb things.
Status: Mostly false.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1998]
Origins: In June 1997, a list of quotations putatively uttered by Marion Barry, the once and former mayor of Washington, D.C., appeared on the Internet. Barry, a three-term mayor, was caught (and taped) smoking crack cocaine by the FBI during a federal sting operation in 1990. Despite his subsequent conviction and prison sentence, Barry was later
Washington’s mayor. Black, unpolished, and a convicted perjurer, Barry became for the public the perfect buffoon to whom these absurd statements could be attributed, a man the public perceived as dumb enough to confuse “inclement weather” with “increment weather” or list Nigeria and Israel as examples of “international cities”; audacious enough to distinguish between a “strip bar” and an “erotic club,” or claim that his city would have a low crime rate if all the homicides were discounted; ignorant enough to claim that the “law of gravity” was racist or that Abraham Lincoln was not a Republican; and possessed of enough hubris to claim he was “more popular than Reagan” yet still state he was a “humble
Although many of these quotes are somewhat related to things Marion Barry has said or done during his long tenure in public service, only a few are authentic: During a
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