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Marion Barry Hospitalized Again

Two weeks after being released from a hospital, Marion Barry was hospitalized again last night, according to spokeswoman LaToya Foster.

Foster didn't know why Barry had been hospitalized and declined to stay which hospital Barry is in. Last month, the 77-year-old Barry was treated for a blood infection at Howard University Hospital. Foster, who saw Barry last night, described him as "upbeat."

“He’s got an exceptional amount of drive about him, and he will not allow himself to be defeated, period," Foster says.

Vince Gray missed Tuesday's Ward 3 Democrats debate, with one of the group's leaders saying Gray was visiting an unnamed, ill friend. WUSA9's Bruce Johnson reports that Gray was visiting Barry, but Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies declined to comment on the friend's identity.

“The mayor went to visit a friend who is very ill, at that friend’s request," Thies says.

Update, 11:29 p.m. Barry's Twitter account, which isn't always written first-hand by the former mayor, posted these messages late Tuesday night:

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • JimA

    marion is suffering from bigotism. It's a disorder that affects aging racists. It's terminal but usually not contagious.

  • Jesse Helms

    JimA, everyone is a racist and most whites think they are the superior race and blacks are inferior.

  • Adolf

    JimA, everyone is a racist and most whites think they are the superior race and blacks are inferior. So maybe Marion was treated bad by whites in his native Mississippi during Jim Crow and maybe this is why he too is a racist.

  • Art

    JimA, I have seen the reports of Barry's issues with drugs and women, but what's up with the racist accusation? To what, specifically, are you referring?

  • watchdog

    Jim you are an ass............get a life

  • dan

    Jim, hope you never get sick! U r a big A__hole!

  • JimA

    Well, this is fun. Mr Sock puppet, what are doing up so late at night? And why won't you give us your true name?

    I stand by my accusation that Marion is a bigot.

    Have a nice day. :)

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  • eddy

    @ JimA:

    In my opinion, the prevailing question is: Why did Barry use his admission in the hospital as an occasion to give Gray political advice? It is likely that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

    This Nigg-- Sh-- is getting old!

  • neodino

    @ #'s 1 & 7: Mr. JimA, why don't you give your true name?
    Perhaps you get some vicarious thrill from the drunken mouth speaking the sober mind? You come across as a weak man who hides behind a very thin shield with some benign and useless rhetoric that makes you feel like a big man.

    Actually sir, your comments reveal your bigotry which is probably much larger than you've grown to be and deep down inside you wish you were the BIG MAN Marion Barry has always and will always be in spite of his humble beginnings. It appears the racism/bigotry espoused by your upbringing stunted your growth both literally and figuratively speaking.

    You really wish you could have become the MAN Marion Barry became with all of his challenges and character flaws. While you sir, hide behind 4 letters of anonymity and call one of the icons of the United States Civil Rights movement a bigot. You are a bad joke, but Xmas is coming.

  • JimA

    Neodino. I have given my name. My name is Jim my last name begins with A. People who know me, know the name. Now, neodino, give your name.

    Oh, and I stand by my accusation that Marion is a bigot. he is. So are SOME of his supporters

  • JimA

    Marion is a racist. He hates asians, whites, latinos, etc. His attacks on DC gay people were well-known.

    If Marion were white, he'd be in the klan.

    So, neodino, lets get your name. First name would be a fine beginning. Im waiting.

  • neodino

    Mr. A: Just as I thought. All bark and no bite.
    People who know you know YOU'RE the BIGOT. People who know you know you're a weak ineffectual little man. People (the ones who won't identify themselves either) who know you also share your propensity toward attempting to denigrate a man who is struggling for his health and asking for prayers. They just have the grace not to express it even anonymously on a blog.

    Yet you are crass enough to attempt to besmirch the man and all of his accomplishments by making your presumptions of whom it is Marion Barry hates. How pompous!!

    When you wake up from your hangover (But you and Wells probably don't have them because you drink so much), read this:

    When I was a child our parents had us pray for a man named George Wallace who had been shot outside of shopping mall we were planning to visit the following week-end.

    Our parents had us pray for a man named Bull Connor because he was such a mean person and needed prayer.

    Our parents had us pray for all of the racist/bigoted supposed enforcers of the law who attacked unarmed women and children with vicious dogs because they were marching down a street protesting that racism/bigotry.

    Our parents had us pray for the demons who were responsible for killing three little girls IN CHURCH.

    Our parents had us pray for the KuKluxKlan dirty sheet wearing White devils who terrorized, lynched and burned Black family homes if one of the family members had the audacity to look a White person in the eye.

    And as a child, our parents wouldn't let us look at the desecrated remains of a young Emmitt Till who was brutalized because he whistled at a White woman while visiting the South from his home in Chicago.

    MY NAME IS MRS BENEFACTOR OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MARION BARRY SO VALIANTLY FOUGHT FOR WHILE WE WERE SAFE IN OUR HOMES NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY WHITE PEOPLE HATED US.

    Now I have a question for you:

    WHAT IS YOUR TRUE AGENDA IN SLANDERING A MAN WHO IS ASKING FOR PRAYERS?

  • eddy

    @ neo/dino

    Although we appreciate Barry's fight for civil rights in the past, his time has come and gone! If he had consideration for his constituents, he would move on! He's no longer effective and plainly put, he is dead weight.

    I don't have the vocabulary to adequately express my appreciation for the accomplishments he made in the PAST. But Ward 8 residents need an effective Councilmember NOW! During the past few elections voters supported him of appreciation. But he's taking advantage now! This sentiment is expressed by many Ward 8 residents.

    Councilmember Barry, for years we have supported you in appreciation and admiration. In days gone by you displayed a textbook understanding of the District. But you day has passed. Please, show us that you appreciate our loyalty and MOVE ON!! For God's sake, MOVE ON!!!

  • neodino

    @ eddy: You are certainly entitled to your opinion. You seem to be a logical thinker in some respects.

    Please think about this:

    For God's Sake let God decide when Mr. Barry should move on. It may be sooner than you think.

    Please think about this:

    The PAST is PROLOGUE. Without it there would be no future.

    Please think about this:

    If the voters of Washington, DC and Ward 8 continued to elect Mr. Barry into office, who are you to say it should be otherwise. The sentiment may be expressed by many Ward8 residents, but obviously not MOST of them.

    Hold your horses. It is understandable why you appreciate his accomplishments in the PAST. And please don't stoop to the level of attempting to make light of those achievements and his trail blazing for Black people in this city.

    And lastly, please think about this:

    It was quite evident that not only Black people appreciated his textbook understanding of the District.
    Don't let anybody make you believe that only Black people voted him into office 4 times. One of which was AFTER his weakness for a the flesh of a woman allowed him to be set up by same such woman.

    Celebrate this man's life, not your impatience for possibly wanting his seat??????

  • eddy

    @ neon/dino:

    As an initial matter, I didn't know that Barry was that ill... Had I known I would have reserved my comment. It
    was reported that he has a urinary track infection and I didn't know that that is life threatening.

    For the most part, Blacks are loyal people. It is rare that I speak personally with any one over the age of 40 that can't identify an occasion when Barry helped them personally. I am included in that number. I have continued to vote for him out of appreciation and will probably continue to do so. Yet in my heart, I know that we need another person to serve as Ward 8 City Councilman. This is a regular topic of conversation in my large neighborhood. Most I speak with share my opinion.

    I do not mean to dishonor him in any way.

  • noodlez

    DUMB ASSES LIKE JIMA-SSHOLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT IT WAS WHITE FOLK WHO WERE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MOST OF MAYOR BARRY'S REELECTION SUCCESSES.

    I HATE A DUMB MUTHA FUCKA!

  • http://ble eddy

    @ noodlez:

    You are mistaken. I agree that a large number of Whites admired Barry's knowledge and leadership. I also agree that many supported him as Mayor. But there weren't nearly as many whites living in the District when he was Mayor as there are now. Back then, the vast majority of people living in the District were Black. Therefore, far more Blacks supported him than Whites.

    Things have changed significantly over the last several years. Now, Whites account for nearly 50% of the population. And by Barry's own admission, he couldn't possibly when an election for Mayor were he to run today!

  • noodlez

    UMMM EDDY U KNOW NOT WHAT U SPEAK OF.

    APPRECIATE THE TRY THOUGH.

  • eddy

    @ noodlez:

    What specifically did I write that was inaccurate?

    You stated that Whites were the "driving force behind Barry's re-election successes." But what do you mean by driving force? If you mean that Whites made more financial contributions than Blacks, you may be correct. But irrespective of how much Whites contributed
    financially, the vast majority to citizens were Black and although financial contributions are important, votes actually win elections.

    My point is clear. Barry was repeatedly elected as Mayor because the majority of BLACKS VOTED for him.

  • neodino

    @ eddy 2/13 @ 6:34: Not ALL Blacks voted for Marion Barry. There a quite a few Blacks who drink the Vanilla Kool-Aid and do what they are told by employers, the media, misguided concepts, etal. Not ALL Whites voted for Marion Barry, but enough of them did to keep him in office over and over again.

    Son, I hope you aren't trying to fill The Big Guys shoes as I first imagined. If you are, you should get a lot more of his textbook understanding of the District and politics in general. Matter of fact, and LIFE IN SPECIFIC.

  • eddy

    @ Noodlez:

    Noticed you didn't answer my question or respond to my point. As usual, you're just babbling.

  • eddy

    @ noodlez:

    You said that Whites were the "DRIVING FORCE." You are saying that the contributions of Whites were MORE instrumental in electing Barry than the contributions made by Blacks.

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "DRIVING FORCE?" Are you saying that Whites contributed more FINANCIALLLY to his campaigns or that more WHITES voted for him than Blacks?

    YOU made the comment - Why can't you answer?

    I don't know what the f--- you're talking about, so do everyone a favor and shut the f--- up!!!

  • noodlez

    @EDDY-DUDE TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AND SLOW DOWN SON U DRIVIN RECKLESS!

    WHAT ARE DRIVING FORCES BEHIND ANY CAMPAIGN??? WHITE FOLK ESPECIALLY JEWS GOT BEHIND MAYOR BARRY AND RODE BARRY TRAIN ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE VISTA HOTEL STOP.

    WITH OUT LOOKING UP NUMBERS I WOULD SUSPECT THAT BLACKS OVERWHELMING OUT VOTED WHITES FOR BARRY BACK IN THE DAY. DON'T BE FOOLED WHITE FOLK SUPPORTED HIM BECAUSE EVERYONE SAW HIM GET SET UP. IF YOU THINK FOR ONE SECOND WHITE FOLK DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH BARRY THEN U REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT U SPEAK OF.

    WHITE FOLK DO DRUGS IN MORE ABUNDANCE THAN BLACKS.
    WHITE KIDS GOT SUMMER JOBS IN THE MID 80'S TOO!
    DO THE NUMBERS WHITE FOLK HAD TO SUPPORT HIM IN ORDER FOR HIM TO WIN.

    FYI-I BELIEVE U CAN USE THE WORD "FUCK" ON THIS SITE.

  • HUAlum71

    @ eddy: Gon back up on the porch now, puppy. You ain't ready to run wit da big dogs yet.

  • schoolman

    @ HUAlum71:

    You fail to realize that Noodlez contradicted himself? He's just running his mouth as usual making ignorant indiscernible comments. Initially he stated that Whites were the driving force behind Barry candidacy. At the same time he acknowledges that more Blacks than Whites actually voted for Barry which is true! That said, the only way that Whites could have possibly been the driving force is for financial contributions to be more
    important than actual votes which is silly. Furthermore, he failed to present any data to support his assumption that Whites contributed more financially.

    Plainly put, he utterly fails to explain how WHITES were the DRIVING FORCE! Of course many supported him - no one said they didn't!

    THE MORE I READ HIS, AND YOUR COMMENTS, THE MORE I REALIZE HOW IGNORANT YOU ARE. NEVERTHELESS, I RESECT YOUR RIGHT TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS.

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