: News

Filed Under:

Despite Council Rebuke, Barry Remains Popular With Constituents

Play associated audio

Despite the councils action against Barry, the former mayor remains a popular politician in Ward 8. Just hours after all 12 of Barrys colleagues on the council voted to discipline former mayor, the Ward 8 leader found a much more forgiving audience at the Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Southeast D.C. There to deliver his annual state of the ward address, Barry was strongly defended by the churchs pastor and opening speaker Bishop C. Matthew Hudson.

Some of you all vying for the position. Dont you think you can be the councilman of east of the river and not got in trouble. Let me tell you the position is trouble. Whenever you try and do for the least of them. Whenever you try and do for the poor. You got a fight on your hands, Hudson said.

Later, as Barry sat in a chair facing the audience, Bishop Hudson called on a group of pastors to lay their hands on Barry and anoint him with oil.

Our mayor has a sickness that all of us have -- yours is just not public, Hudson said.

When Barry addressed the packed church, he briefly mentioned the days earlier events at the council.

I have no intention of going anywhere they may take my committee chair they cannot take my dignity, Barry said.

Many of those attending the speech were critical of the councils rebuke of Barry. Longtime Ward 8 resident Clarise Louise Stitt says she still supports Barry.

We need Marion Barry to support us. And look after his ward. And thats why we keep putting him in -- because he looks after us, Stitt said.

Patrick Madden reports...


'Washington Post' Reporter Explores How Pop Culture Influences Views Of Police

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - October 28, 2016

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins us as the new series "Good Girls Revolt" based on her early civil rights work debuts.


Do Parents Invade Children's Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

The kids look so darned cute in that photo, it's hard not to post it online for all too see. But there are privacy risks to sharing children's images, and children often don't want the exposure.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.