Quotes from Marion Barry


The folowing are all quotes from Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington

“The contagious people of Washington have stood firm against diversity
during this long period of increment weather.”

“I promise you a police car on every sidewalk.”

“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low
crime rate.”

“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.”

“I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international
city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel. As mayor, I am an international
symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?”

“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.”

“I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves. The
Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600’s. Abraham
Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican.”

“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.”

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