Marion Barry got a rousing 73rd birthday greeting from fellow D.C. Council members and District staff this afternoon on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building after his release from the hospital.
Dressed in a D.C. United warm up suit and fedora-style hat, he stepped from his car at about 3:30 p.m. to balloons, a white sheet cake with red roses and cheers of "We Love You." A stream of council colleagues welcomed him back, including Mary Cheh, (D-Ward 3) Kwame Brown (D-At-Large), Michael Brown, (D-At Large) Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), who presented him with a get well card from ward residents.
"You have to go home and rest," one well-wisher said.
"I've been doing that all week," said Barry, looking visably tired and speaking barely above a whisper. He stayed for about 10 minutes before returning to the car. He said he expected to be back to his council duties in about a week.
The Ward 8 councilmember had been readmitted to Howard University Hospital Monday night with what doctors described as stomach pain caused by pockets of air near the new kidney received on Feb. 20. Kim Dickens, a longtime friend, donated the kidney to Barry, who had been on dialysis for the past few months.