The last time I saw Councilmember Barry was about a month ago in Anacostia. That conversation will stay with me for a lifetime. In his typical no-nonsense fashion he gave me the business, asked me if I was "reformed" and then engulfed me in one of those charismatic hugs and smiles that turns even the most die hard Marion Barry critic into a lifelong fan. After Mr. Barry concluded his business I asked him if he would take a picture with some of my HIVE 2.0 members who were big fans. He happily obliged but then he insisted that he and I take a picture together and then instructed me to "tweet that picture right now!" After he made sure I tweeted the photo he leaned on my shoulder and we chatted a little more about Ward 8 issues before hugging it out again and he was on his way. It was hands down, one of the best moments I have experienced to date and I will treasure it for a lifetime.
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It is those special moments and all of his years of service and advocacy work that make me remember Mr. Barry fondly. I truly and deeply mourn his passing and I will miss him. I do miss him. Today we have lost a great man but we have not lost his spirit, his determination, his fight, his wit, and his many years of service. There will never be another like him. He was a living legend disguised as a man. The Marion Barry legacy will survive his passing and we will carry it in our hearts and minds forever.
Mayor for life indeed.