Monday, June 27, 2005

CNN on Marion Barry

During his 12-year tenure, Barry helped to rejuvenate the city's downtown area, sparking a construction boom. His administration also balanced the city's budget. One of Barry's distinctive initiatives was his District Youths Employment Act of 1979. The legislation guaranteed a summer job to all city youths who wanted one, regardless of their economic status.
In January 1990 Barry's political reign came to an abrupt halt when he was caught on video in an FBI sting operation smoking crack cocaine with a woman at the Vista Hotel. The incident -- played over and over on cable television -- produced what is perhaps the most memorable quote of Barry's long career: "The bitch set me up."

- Then & Now: Marion Barry - May 6, 2005

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