Huffpost DC

Marion Barry, Hospitalized For Blood Clot In Las Vegas, Thanks Filipino Nurses

Posted: Updated:
Marion Barry, seen here in a photo posted on Twitter, was hospitalized in Las Vegas. | Twitter/Marion Barry

WASHINGTON -- Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry is saying nicer things about Filipino nurses after being hospitalized for a blood clot while representing the D.C. convention at a Las Vegas retailers' convention.

Marion S. Barry, Jr.
I also thank outstanding medical staff, incl. kind professional Filipino staff. I stand corrected; I truly didn't mean 2 hurt or offend.

In April, after first complaining about "these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops” while celebrating his win in the Democratic primary for the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council, Barry caused another stir when he made comments that singled out people from the Philippines who work in D.C. hospitals:

"In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," Barry said, according to the Examiner. "And no offense, but let's grow our own teachers, let's grow our own nurses -- and so that we don't have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places -- having to hire people from somewhere else."

Following the controversy in April, Philippines Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. released a released a statement condemning Barry's comments as "deplorable" and stating that Barry "owes Filipino nurses and apology."

Barry said in April he had no plans to make that apology, but now seems to have changed his mind.

Marion S. Barry, Jr.
Being sick brings religion. As much as I need to fight for the needs of my community, I certainly don't want to hurt anyone in the process.

Barrry hinted in a later tweet that he stands by some of his April statement:

Marion S. Barry, Jr.
.There's more t/b achieved w/love&unity than divisive words.I'm truly sorry.I hope ppl c the real needs my words obscured.

He's giving some other mixed messages as well. Tweeting a photo of himself with his doctor, he promised to "follow orders" -- but another tweet suggested at least a little bit otherwise:

Marion S. Barry, Jr.
OK, getting off twitter. Ready to eat some [errr, smuggled] good food - don't tell the hospital.Sticking 2 low salt, carbs, fat tho.Peace<3

Related on HuffPost:

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

DC's Marion Barry called 'racist' for remark about Filipino nurses

Marion Barry seeks communications director: Help wanted for DC high wire act

Barry won't apologize for comments on Asians, Filipino nurses

After making critical remarks, Marion Barry requests meeting with Philippines ...