No changing of the guard: Catilin Dickson on Marion Barry, the Michael Jordan of elected office.
For better or worse, that’s precisely the example Barry has set. His publicly scandalous history—including affairs, drug addiction, imprisonment, and even tax evasion—has, in some respects, enhanced his legitimacy among his loyal constituents. Marion Barry is far from perfect, and he’s certainly been down. But he keeps on moving.
When asked what he has that his competitors don’t, Berry rattles off a list of (partially inaudible) attributes. “Vision. Big vision, big vision. Leadership skills, experience wisdom, courage, tenacity…You gotta have hope, you gotta have vision. I have both.”