Oh my gods, where do I begin?
Rob Ford. ROOOOOBBBBBB FOOOOOORD.
Look. Addiction is a terrible thing. I’m not a doctor of any sort, but it’s clear from looking at the man that he is addicted to food and booze – those veins on your nose don’t burst just from walking around, you know? Add in that he is apparently also a user of recreational drugs and I think it’s quite clear that he needs help.
He has a wife. He has two children young enough to need a parent with them when they go trick-or-treating. Until today we didn’t see much of his wife in particular; she’s never been visibly involved in his political career, and when he needed someone with him for public functions it was usually his brother Doug at his side.
I feel badly for his kids. School must be hell for them. I live in a small community outside of Halifax city proper. Last night at parent-teacher the topic of conversation in the hallways while the parents waited for their turn was all about Rob Ford (carefully edited, mind you, because none of us want to be explaining crack pipes and the like to our eight year olds.) Point being, if parents at this school are talking about it, then how on earth are his kids escaping ridicule and torment? Breaks my heart to think of it.
Then, yesterday, allegations surfaced that he had said “I’d eat her pussy” about one of his female co-workers. Is it true? Who knows? The allegation was not made by the woman in question, so even I’ll admit I was skeptical when that story broke. It seemed pretty far-fetched, even for Rob Ford. Surely he wouldn’t be that stupid?
This morning in a media scrum he was asked about the allegations. And this is what he said:
“Oh and the last thing was Olivia Gondek, it says it says that I wanted to eat her pussy. Olivia Gondek, I’ve never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married. I’ve got more than enough to eat at home. Thank you very much.”
He said this LIVE ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, in case you were wondering.
So today brought another press conference, another awkward and stilted apology, another round of Rob Ford blaming the media for scrutinizing his behaviour. And then! With his wife by his side (and the body language was something else, by the by) he asked for privacy for his family.
Just sit with that for a minute.
While apologizing for remarks he made on live television referencing the amount of oral sex he has with his wife, he asked for privacy. For his wife.
Dude. Your cognitive disconnect is reaching Tea Party levels, here.
If you are enough of an impulsive, boorish, obnoxious, offensive man-child that a CFL team feels compelled to make a public statement asking you to stop wearing their jersey when you shoot off your mouth, then maybe it’s time to just stop talking and go away. Please. Really. Enough. You had the goodwill of your city just ten short days ago. You admitted to smoking crack and your approval rating went UP. Had you taken that moment to gracefully and with dignity admit that you needed help, I daresay even your political opponents would have been rooting for you.
But now? You’re a joke and a national embarrassment. Just… go away.