Marion Barry opens up about autobiography, 'Mayor for Life'

(WJLA) - Marion Barry is now opening up about revelations made in his new book, "Mayor for Life,” which is on store shelves today.

“I regret going to the room in the Vista Hotel. I regret the embarrassment that it caused my family, this community, and the nation,” he said to ABC7’s Sam Ford in an interview.

As his book lays out his life from childhood to the present, Barry talked about the hotel where he was arrested for smoking crack 24 years ago as Rashida Moore watched.

However, he insists that this is only a sliver of his story and that the book in 336 pages goes from his childhood to the present day, and discusses a different legacy -- in particular, how he helped minorities get city contracts.