|Q: How much cocaine can Charlie Sheen take?
A: Enough to kill Two and a Half Men.
Marion Barry was the mayor of Washington D.C. from 1979 to 1991. His term ended abruptly when the FBI, acting on a tip, got video of Barry using crack cocaine. Indeed, that led to one of his most famous quotes: of the FBI informant who set up the sting operation, he complained: “Goddamn bitch set me up!” Well, yeah. He was charged with 3 felonies and 11 misdemeanors, but managed to get all but one charge dismissed; he was sentenced to six months in prison for that one remaining charge.
Once he was released from prison, he proved the adage that voters “get the politicians they deserve” — he was elected to the Washington City Council and, two years later, again elected as mayor of the District.
He died November 23, 2014 at the age of 78.
With that background, we present quotes by the duly elected mayor himself.
“If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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 less.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“The contagious people of Washington have stood firm against diversity during this long period of increment weather.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“I promise you a police car on every sidewalk.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I’m a night owl.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist.”
~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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?” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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? Would it!?!” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
“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.” ~ Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.
The anonymous male acquaintance of Ashley took the video, said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer representing the seller.
Dunlap and a man claiming to be a lawyer showed The Post about 90 seconds of 43-minute tape, saying it was legally obtained and that Ashley was aware she was being filmed. The Post refused to pay for the video.
The video, which the shooter initially hoped to sell for $2 million before scaling back his price to $400,000, shows a 20-something woman with light skin and long brown hair taking a red straw from her mouth, bending over a desk, inserting the straw into her nostril and snorting lines of white powder.
She then stands up and begins talking with other people in the room. A young man looks on from behind her, facing the camera. The lawyers said he was Ashley’s boyfriend of a few years.
The camera follows the woman from a few feet away, focusing on her as she moves around the room. It appears not to be concealed. At one point she shouts, “Shut the f— up!”
The woman appears to resemble Ashley Biden, 27, a social worker for a Delaware child-welfare agency and a visible presence during her father’s campaign for the White House.