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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.”
Weekend plans? We’re having dinner with the Marion Barry, Jr. Normal, right?
The former four-term mayor of the Nation’s Capital known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, this week published Mayor for Life, his self-proclaimed ‘incredible story’ of his “campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor.”
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Lefty David Shuster‘s radio family at We Act Radio is hosting a holiday party tonight at their studio in Southeast. “Our funky SE DC radio station is having a holiday party tonight,” he writes. “…There will be a few members of Congress mixing with Anacostia political leaders (possibly Marion Barry) and us media folks who are involved with the station. It will be a cool mix and friendly atmosphere.”
Merry Christmas Shuster!
‘Tis the season for shocking covers from struggling print pubs. Washingtonian successfully recharged interest in their magazine and made national news by publishing a shirtless Obama on their cover in May. Now, Washington City Paper is raising the bar with their classy cover of Marion Barry and the headline “You Put Me Out in Denver ‘Cause I Wouldn’t Suck Your XXX”
In honor of Sen. Ensign’s little tryst, our friends at FamousDC have been hard at work sifting through the “best” political scandals of the decade. My personal favorite? Vito Fossella and his “love child.” That’s not only quality scandal, its klassy too.
The list is below but check out their explanations for each honoree here.
10. Sen. John Ensign + married staffer who was apparently paid in dollar bills.
9. Rep. Don Sherwood + back rub rejecting mistress
8. Rep. Tim Mahoney + His jobless mistress
7. Rep. Vito Fossella + mother of his child that was not his wife
6. Sen Larry Craig +….
5. Sen. David Vitter + D.C. Madam Hooker
4. Sen. John Edwards + Cici from Poison
3. Former Governor Elliot Spitzer + $$$$$ Hooker
2. Rep. Mark Foley + pages
1. Marion Barry + “the bitch”
Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.
A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).
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Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.
The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”
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