Bill Clinton believes Rob Ford has made the world see Canadians in a different light – for better or worse.
The former U.S. president was happy to offer his opinion on the embattled Toronto mayor during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night. At the host’s behest, of course.
When asked about Ford, Clinton reverted to the canny political tactic of speaking directly on a current issue without either supporting it or criticizing it. In other words, he was very presidential.
In response to Kimmel’s suggestion that the Toronto mayor might make a great “running mate” should Hillary Clinton run for U.S. president, Clinton said Ford has “absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians.”
Continued Clinton: “You know, the Canadians are upbeat, optimistic, can-do, they are embracing, they are inclusive. Everything I ever believed about Canadians, ol’ Rob has proved stereotypes are not good, positive or negative.”
As the entire world knows, Ford made international headlines last year after admitting he smoked crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor.”
Kimmel kicked off the show with a monologue in which he pointed out that Ford had mistakenly voted against honouring Nelson Mandela and Paralympic athletes who had competed in Sochi at a Toronto city council meeting on Wednesday.
Said Kimmel: “Finally, a leader who’s not afraid to take a stand against athletic excellence and Nelson Mandela.”
Added Kimmel: “Come on, Toronto, how can you not re-elect this guy? He’s the best. And by the way, it’s Wednesday. This is the first mistake he’s made all week.”