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When city and federal officials got together last Wednesday for yet another joint pledge to reinvigorate Washington’s underutilized waterfront, they held their press conference, logically enough, on a boat. The name of the boat was somewhat more surprising: the U.S.S. Barry. We knew Marion S. Barry Jr.’s name adorns the Frank Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, but when did the mayor-for-life score himself a Navy destroyer? Actually, the Washington Navy Yard tourist attraction is named for Commodore John Barry, a Revolutionary War officer who served under George Washington. But the coincidence escaped few attendees. “You’d call reporters to tell them where the event was going to be, and you’d get this pause,” says Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ spokesperson Peggy Armstrong. “You just have to enjoy the irony and have a sense of humor about it.” —Kevin Diaz