Washington City Paper

Marion Barry dies at 78: 'I may not be perfect, but I'm perfect for Washington'

Marion Barry dies at 78: 'I may not be perfect, but I'm perfect for Washington'

At Marion Barry's turkey giveaway two years ago in southeast Washington, D.C., a holiday controversy came to the forefront. 

Who was paying for the 2,000-plus turkeys Barry was doling out to his constituents in Ward 8? 

"I'm not ever telling," Barry told the Washington City Paper at the time, before then noting that only "liberal white folks" care about who pays for his turkey giveaway. 

It was typical Barry, who held his elected offices as city councilman and mayor with...

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