Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Oh Marion Barry, You Will Never Fail Me

Growing up just outside of DC, former Mayor Marion Barry was in the news just about everyday. I even remember hearing about him as far back as kindergarden, when I thought he was two people ("Mary & Barry"). And, of course, it's impossible to forget learning about hookers and crack at the ripe old age 9 while watching grainy footage of the police sting that eventually took him down (the first time, anyway). No matter how old I get, Marion Barry will always be my first introduction to corrupt, drug-addled politicans.

Now I'm 25, and Barry continues to not disappoint:

"Marion Barry said that he is talking to his lawyers and thinking about suing the D.C. government and the U.S. Park Police after he was stopped, arrested and then released this past Saturday.

Barry said that he was driving to a holiday party around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when U.S. Park Police officers, who said that he was driving too slowly, stopped him.

Barry said the officers asked him for his license and registration and then said that his license was suspended.

Barry told NBC4 the suspension was a clerical mistake, and he accused the U.S. Park police of racial profiling."

Who knows what the real story is - maybe it was simply a clerical error on the part of the DC Motor Vehicles (which, sadly, is extremely likely) but for Barry to immediately jump to "racial profiling" in DC is just, well... Classic Barry.

Maybe this will get him another term as Mayor!