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On Taxing ‘Yogurt’ with Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.

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WJLA’s Holmes interviewing Barry; Roll Call’s Tom Williams photographing.

Friday night at LOOK, the restaurant’s Supper Club, Michael Kosmides and Janet Donovan‘s Hollywood on the Potomac hosted an on-the-record dinner with Marion Barry, Jr., the former four-term DC mayor known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, on his autobiography out last week Mayor for Life. The now DC Councilman was open to all questions from 20 press in attendance, including a FishbowlDC reader submitted question on the proposed “Yoga Tax” on yoga classes and gym memberships in the District.

Although his comments were quite hard to hear (given a very, very large happy hour crowd standing toward the entrance to the club, who were, getting extremely happy), Barry was confused by the question, confusing it with a non-existent “yogurt” tax in the District.

“Yogurt is really more healthy than some other things, as is cottage cheese…The best kind of yogurt is organic, without all these fillers and stuff…I don’t know who proposed that…I think Jack proposed that. I’m not sure. But whoever proposed it, it shouldn’t be.”

Suffice to say, Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans has not proposed a tax on yogurt.

The former mayor re-focused on his career highlights throughout the night while being cognizant of his downfalls and encouraged guests to read his book in full before offering any criticisms.

WJLA’s Kristen Holmes sat down with the former mayor for a piece that aired Saturday night. On his legacy, Barry said, “Don’t judge me by one night, judge me by hundreds of nights, hundreds of days, hundreds of years, 31 years in DC of public service.” Barry is 78 years old.

On how he wanted to be remembered, Barry told Hollywood on the Potomac, “That I cared about people. That I did all I could [to] improve the lives of people, particularly, the poor…That I served as an inspiration, to a whole bunch of people, who needed some help.”

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