Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to his crack use (among other things) and now Monday (Nov. 18) had his city council vote to strip him of most of his power and staff, sat down with “Today” Tuesday (Nov. 19) — the interview really has to be seen to be believed, but here are some highlights:
- “We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve admitted to my mistakes.”
- “They said, ‘Do you use crack-cocaine?’ No, I don’t use crack-cocaine. Have I tried crack-cocaine? Yes, I’ve tried crack … I was very, very inebriated.”
- “I’m not in an alcohol treatment program, I have a weight issue. I’ve been training every day. All I can say is, Matt, actions speak louder than words. I invite you to come back, gimme five or six months and if people don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words.”
- “It’s very few isolated
incidents that it’s happened. … That could happen with anybody at any
time. … Say you go out drinking, you’re a drunk, and say
something happens to your family … Say your son or daughter just got
killed in a car accident, you’re plastered at 3 o’clock in the morning,
are you going to be able to handle that?,” to which Matt Lauer counters that he takes personal responsibility for his own family, but he is not in charge of millions of people as mayor of a major city.
Ford’s brother Doug, a councilman, gets in on the fun when he says, “When he goes on binge drinking and I hear about it, yeah, it’s concerning. Do I know, on a personal side, has Rob been 100 percent honest? No, he hasn’t.”
Ford ends the interview with, “Oct. 27, let the people decide. They’re not gonna find another Rob Ford.”
That’s definitely, definitely true.