Marion Barry: ‘God gave me a great brain’

Former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry, defending inflammatory comments he made about "dirty" Asian business owners in D.C., told his critics he was "doing God’s work." The Almighty, Barry said, had given him "a great brain."

The Daily Caller reports:

The former Washington mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in 1990 defended himself in a stunning interview with The Washington Examiner after finding himself in a firestorm last week for making offensive comments about Asian-Americans.

"I’m doing God’s work," Barry told the paper. "I have made public service my ministry. God gave me a great brain, courage, charisma, vision and the kinds of things that make leaders."

Barry had to apologize last week after video surfaced of him saying, "We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses — those dirty shops."