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Bill Clinton gives his take on Rob Ford

Posted by Derek Flack / April 3, 2014

Bill Clinton Rob FordAs if any more proof was needed to confirm that Rob Ford is an international sensation, the latest big name to give his take on our mayor is Bill Clinton. On Jimmy Kimmel for an interview last night, the former US president had a chuckle or two at Ford's expense, even as he remained ever diplomatic. "He has absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians," Clinton said of Ford. "You know, the Canadians are upbeat, optimistic, can-do, they are embracing, they are inclusive... Everything I ever believed about Canadians... good ol' Rob has proved stereotypes are not good."

Earlier in the show Kimmel took Ford to task for his voting errors at yesterday's city council meeting, noting that he was the first politician "to take a stand against athletic excellence and Nelson Mandela." Yup, the hits just keep coming.

Discussion

56 Comments

DL / April 3, 2014 at 08:52 am
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Don't care who I am or what the platform is, if I'm talking with a former US President, the last thing I'm using my limited time on is Rob Ford.
safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 09:08 am
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Kathleen Wynne where's our Money??
iSkyscraper / April 3, 2014 at 09:10 am
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Surreal.
Gord replying to a comment from DL / April 3, 2014 at 09:34 am
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How about take that even further and say, no matter who I'm talking to, the last thing I want to talk about is Rob Ford.
Parker / April 3, 2014 at 09:46 am
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Wake up, that a luminary is asked about Rob Ford shows how egregious his behaviour is.
Mike Kazowsky / April 3, 2014 at 09:46 am
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Tweedledee/tweedledum (rob/doug) must be paying kimmel for all the attention. Bill Clinton is throwing rocks from a glass house. If ford wins, Tdot can thank every news outlet, talk show host, news anchor-everyone who wasted minutes of their lives giving attention to this !di0t mayor. After his "voting error" on the mandela street sign, it should clear robert bruce ford is WAY too clueless for a human being. This is not normal-average-guy behaviour: this is a functioning-drunk who is ra$cist, uneducated, unethical, dishonest, lying thief. Anyone who supports this t00l, shakes his hand, or votes for him are pi$$ing their tax dollars down the hole. Wake up Toronto. We owe it to our kids and future generations to keep rob/doug out of city hall and in any place affecting Canadians. If prime minister had a pair of b@ll$ he would ousted rob/doug the moment the crack allegations surfaced. Im guessing Harper is not wearing the pants in his marriage. Effin Wimp!
Hey safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 09:53 am
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Where's your brain?
jaaaaaaaaaaat / April 3, 2014 at 09:53 am
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distract! talk about provincial politics! hold a laundrymat fundraiser! throw magnets at people!
Winnie Mandela / April 3, 2014 at 09:55 am
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Ford's a Bo(e)or!
Nelson Mandela / April 3, 2014 at 09:56 am
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We endorse Chow & ABF!!
Jules / April 3, 2014 at 09:57 am
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No matter how bad Ontario Liberals are they still attack Tories. As if Ontarian Liberals are Saint.
Mouthbreather Nation / April 3, 2014 at 09:58 am
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Hahahaha...Rob Ford and anyone supports him are as stupid as toast.

So, SO dumb this man.

You have to have failed kindergarten to defend this man. Twice.
Every Canadian Olympic Athlete / April 3, 2014 at 09:58 am
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We endorse Chow & ABF!!
End all be all replying to a comment from Nelson Mandela / April 3, 2014 at 10:01 am
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Sorry Nelson you don't get a vote in this unless you reside in Toronto. Do you not know how city politics works?
DL replying to a comment from Gord / April 3, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Truth.
End all be all replying to a comment from Every Canadian Olympic Athlete / April 3, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Sorry Every Canadian Athlete doesn't get a vote in this unless you reside in Toronto. Is that who's voting for Chow in these polls non Toronto residents, do you not know how city politics works?
Racist Nation replying to a comment from safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
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I am sickened that Rob Ford showed his real intentions by voting against an international black hero. His racist b.s. is clear as day to me.

Rob will buy drugs from the black man, but he'll never be caught dead showing he respects one.

To anyone still on the Ford bandwagon, you should quietly jump off now before it gets ugly. Otherwise, how can you look yourself in the mirror (or admit to your friends kids or grandkids) that you support and will vote for an avowed racist?

Otherwise, it kinda makes YOU one too, no?
safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 10:06 am
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Kathleen Wynne where's our Money??
Rob Ford / April 3, 2014 at 10:08 am
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I was on a real Bender Monday night! Missed the airport debate Tuesday, had a flashback high during the Mandela/Olympic debate...Sorrreeee! I'm not perfecto!
G / April 3, 2014 at 10:09 am
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@DL he used it as a sneaky way to ask about Hillary running for prez
GoodMorning! / April 3, 2014 at 10:11 am
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Think Kimmel is getting desperate. It's getting to the point it isn't safe for anyone with any character defect, to appear on his show. Screw Kimmel.

Watched Global (part of it) this morning. You'd have thought Rob Ford had killed someones dog yesterday in city council when he voted against city council (he says by mistake). Rob is definitely distracted by something in his life lately. Wonder what it is? Pretty bad those councillors wouldn't let him change his vote, as is customary and traditional for all councillors who press the wrong button (they've never said no to anyone in the past). Yet another example of city councillors being hateful, and uncooperative. Not quite sure why people are soley focusing on Rob when the majority of council is a joke. I got a kick out of their reactions, on the news, last night. The self-righteous Adam Vaughan rides again. You're no model citizen Adam. You care about Mandela (I know you don't) as much as you care about the black communities in Toronto (like Scarborough). No one ignores the black impoverished quite the way that Toronto councillors do. Them naming a street after Mandella has nothing to do with how they feel about blacks. It's a cheap ploy to win black votes. That is all. One only has to focus on the amount of black youth who have died over the years because to the TPS who is paid and controlled by the Liberals at the provincial level, and the Liberals here on council, their deaths are considered "ACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF CRIME!" Rob Ford went to bat for the black community, and Rob Ford went to bat for TCHC residents. No one else did and no one else will. Those TCH revitalization projects are not being done for you. It's just another BS ploy to build condo's for the rich, and eliminate more housing units. It's called gentrification. Spike Lee spoke out against it in the United States and got reamed for it by a bunch of Liberals states side.
GoodMorning! / April 3, 2014 at 10:11 am
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Think Kimmel is getting desperate. It's getting to the point it isn't safe for anyone with any character defect, to appear on his show. Screw Kimmel.

Watched Global (part of it) this morning. You'd have thought Rob Ford had killed someones dog yesterday in city council when he voted against city council (he says by mistake). Rob is definitely distracted by something in his life lately. Wonder what it is? Pretty bad those councillors wouldn't let him change his vote, as is customary and traditional for all councillors who press the wrong button (they've never said no to anyone in the past). Yet another example of city councillors being hateful, and uncooperative. Not quite sure why people are soley fo
Randy Ford / April 3, 2014 at 10:20 am
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I'm fllyyyiiinngggg! Vote Chow!
Black People / April 3, 2014 at 10:22 am
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We don't like Ford.
Chad / April 3, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Yeah!!!! Lets ask one former scandalous politician to comment from thier high horse what they think about a current scandalous politician
Chad's Plaid replying to a comment from Chad / April 3, 2014 at 10:33 am
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Killer observation, Chad. You must be a rocket scientist or something, right? Wow, my brain feels fuller now from having read your post.
Doug Ford / April 3, 2014 at 10:36 am
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Zing, zing, zing went the trolley! Zing, zing, zing...you know, like the Judy Garland song. Doug Ford for King!
$20Doug / April 3, 2014 at 10:36 am
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I want to start off by saying Jimmy Kimmel is an incredible host.
In my opinion, he's an arrogant S.O.B., and I'll tell you the reason why.
Any host that makes a living off the people that watch his shows and then makes fun of his former guests from across the border.
Who does this character think he is? He thinks he’s God? He goes on his own show… and changes on a dime!


If I wasn't too busy sitting here commenting on BlogTo, I'd be suing his ass off right now, to be frank with you.
GoodMorning! (is probably as big a racist apologist as Doug Ford) replying to a comment from GoodMorning! / April 3, 2014 at 10:37 am
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Face it, both Doug and Rob are racist mofos who don't care about our community. He'll buy our drugs, but he won't support our heros.

He's just a poseur/tourist who only hangs with with us so he has stories to tell his rich white friends about how "street" he is. Well...find another community to mock, we're all done being your punchline, fool.
Shane / April 3, 2014 at 10:44 am
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In other news:
Seth Rogen speaks well of Mayor Ford on Conan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly8XMddStrY
Wasn't Doug Ford caught in a rub and tug a few years ago. / April 3, 2014 at 10:54 am
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And he has the audacity to point fingers?? If I was as mindless as Ford Nation, I'd sum it up nonsensically by trotting out some trite soundbyte like: typical right-wing, rich-kid, bully....probably a highschool dropout like the rest of the Sun readers. Go watch a tractor pull and feed your kid McDonalds and Laffy Taffy for breakfast.

But then I'd be sinking to their level. Which seems to abound on BlogTO anymore.

Fun.
Dan / April 3, 2014 at 11:05 am
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Why does blogTO keep ignoring the corruption in the Liberal government of Ontario???
JokeOfTheDay / April 3, 2014 at 11:11 am
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Oh that's rich. The leftees calling Ford Nation mindless.

How do you know your loved one is a leftee? Paint a Rob Ford face on a rock, and watch them stare at it for hours.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 11:48 am
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Sorry to break it to you, but your hero Rob took your money to Dixon Road and spent it on crack.

Now that your question has been answered, can you please stop spamming the comments with it?
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from GoodMorning! / April 3, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Your comment was irrelevant and silly the first time. It didn't get any better over the course of four repetitions.
not blogON / April 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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@ Dan

You do realise this is blogTO it's about Toronto. Municipal politics are mostly what blogTO covers if you haven't noticed.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Dan / April 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Why are you so obsessed with the "corruption in the Liberal government of Ontario" that you bring it up in discussions that have NOTHING TO DO WITH IT?

Screeching about the foibles and transgressions of the Liberals (or the NDP or the Natural Law Party or anyone else) doesn't do a single thing to make Ford look any better. It doesn't set his corruption, incompetence and probably criminality into any broader context.

It also makes you look like a petulant child with a heartbreakingly low intellect.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from not blogON / April 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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There's a lot Dan hasn't noticed, unfortunately. Like how pathetic his remarks make him look, for starters.
realityCheck / April 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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A former president of the US commenting on the crack-head, trailer park antics of hogtown's current chief administrator in name only. Holy surrealist claptrap Batman. I don't think we are in Kansas anymore... or even Arkansas. Can cameos in major Hollywood blockbuster franchises be far behind? Stay tuned.
BMO MLSE WINS / April 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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BMO FIELD IS BEING EXPANDED

Mayor Rob Ford, Councillor Doug Ford and Councillor Mike Del Grande all voted AGAINST the deal. Y

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/03/council-to-debate-food-trucks-bmo-field
PR replying to a comment from GoodMorning! / April 3, 2014 at 01:03 pm
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Good Morning! you seem to be an internet shill from mid 90's message boards. I'm all for dissent, but stop copying the same rant with horrible paragraph structure. Whoever is paying you should stop.

The Shakes replying to a comment from safe hands?? / April 3, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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Man, I was all focused on all the horrible, stupid, illegal, unethical, money wasting, despicable things that Ford has done and then lied about, only to admit later. Thank fucking God, you made me see the light. Clearly i should forget about all his bad shit and ponder what the Provincial Liberals are up to. Thanks man if it wasn't for you, i might still be focused on the wrong thing.
Jim / April 3, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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Well they both had or tried to have people killed...
Rob Ford / April 3, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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I did not have sex with those Dixon Bloods!
Rob Ford / April 3, 2014 at 03:07 pm
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Why can't I piss in public?
heartbreakingly low intellect. replying to a comment from Davy Gravy / April 3, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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Tip of the Hat, Davy Gravy.

Best line all day: heartbreakingly low intellect.

I feel bad that big business has pulled the wool over the eyes of the working man. Most of these Ford supporters just don't have a clue how they're being duped.

Sad that there isn't a viable right-of-centre option for them that isn't crackpot (i.e. the old Progressive Conservative brand) or hellbent on shafting the world on behalf of the rich (Tea Party).

Time was the guy/party you voted for could lose but you would at least trust the winning party to act as a decent enough steward to shepherd the country, province, or city along. No longer.

Nowadays, it seems the Liberal and NDP candidates are basically clean-up crews for Tory misdeeds and mismanagement and skullduggery. Worse, all the while the working man has been tricked into thinking everything the Cons do, they do with the highest moral and fiscal standards. Again, strike two.

I just wish some fringe would get in (Greens, Independents, whoever...) and demonstrate old-fashioned leadership and shake things to the core, to reset where mindlessly vicious politics have gone. But that is faint hope. And until then, we're just going to have to mop up after the evil Harpers and Hudaks and Fords (and yes, even Wynnes and McGuintys to a lesser extent) put us through, and put up with brain-dead average joes repeating verbatim what the really, REALLY rich folks pulling the levers behind the scenes want them to think.

This is the "heartbreakingly" part of the "low intellect" slur--internet trolls too dim (or too gut-minded) to see they're being bamboozled into fighting a fight for a small group of rich white dudes who wouldn't cross the street to spit on them. Mouthbreathers, indeed.

Any party but Conservative. The U.S. South is finally starting to learn this, maybe now the inner Canadian suburbs will cotton onto this as well.
Rafa replying to a comment from Wasn't Doug Ford caught in a rub and tug a few years ago. / April 3, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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No, you're thinking of Jack Layton.
Hey JokeOfTheDay... replying to a comment from JokeOfTheDay / April 3, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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...1959 called, they want "Oh that's rich" back.
safe hands? / April 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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Yo Wynne when do I get my grocery gift card? my power was out for a week and I never got reimbursed for my loss of groceries. Come on I know you got the cash
safeway mooch?? replying to a comment from safe hands? / April 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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gimme gimme gimme, it's all you lowlife NeoCon leeches do is suck the government dry. why don't you get a life, lady?? better yet, a job. CONTRIBUTE to society for once, instead of being another Etobicoke vampire, always looking to Queens Park to bail your asses out.
safe hands? replying to a comment from safeway mooch?? / April 3, 2014 at 11:37 pm
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The system is there to catch us when we need it, that's why and I need it now. Anything from the government helps, my kid gets breakfast for free at school fine by me, saves a few entertainment and nightlife dollars for me, what business is it of yours? Listen the government is going to collect tax dollars from you regardless of how its spent. It's not like they're in your pocket and wallet because of me, they already in there...
safely ensconced in welfare's sweet embrace replying to a comment from safe hands? / April 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
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okay moneyhoover, why don't you hose the average taxpayer some more. better yet, why don't you vote Ford so ALL our tax dollars can be foolishly squandered on fantasy-need mega projects??

(tool)
Joke Of The Day / April 4, 2014 at 11:25 am
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How do you know your loved one is a leftee? When they can only read large print.

How's the rock watching coming along? Has it moved yet?
Joke Of The Day / April 4, 2014 at 11:25 am
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How do you know your loved one is a leftee? When they can only read large print.

How's the rock watching coming along? Has it moved yet?
Oh that's RICH! replying to a comment from Joke Of The Day / April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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Jack Benny called...he wants you to examine your life choices that lead you to this very point in time where you spend so much of your free time anonymously blogging all day long in aid of a political position that is meaningless outside the confines of your skull, for politicians (or a political system) that couldn't care less about you.

Buddy, is this REALLY how you saw your life unfolding when you were a teenager looking forward in life??

Shut the laptop, go outside and get some fresh air, get a life and then enjoy the heck out of it.

Any other action than this and you fully deserve the life you lead until its end.
A Joke, period. replying to a comment from Joke Of The Day / April 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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How do you know when a citizen is a mouthbreathing moron?

When they are so ignorant, uneducated and/or unwilling to grasp fine-grain issues that they simply reduce everything to binary simplicity: right/wrong, black/white, good/evil, left right.

So how do you know if your loved one is a Lefty? You ask them. It's called engagement, look it up.

That, or perhaps simple observation over a period of time, coupled with some interaction and feedback, you'll get a pretty good feel for where they're coming from.

UNless you weren't really interested in the first place to find out the answer because you've already prejudged them.

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