Rob Ford says he’s sorry, but for what?
Okay, Rob has apologized. So let’s move on and let him get back to what he does best: Providing leadership.
Ford promised to address the (fill in blank with your favourite here) scandal buffeting him on his Sunday radio show on NewsTalk 1010, and disappointed only the fools who thought he might quit.
He said he has made some mistakes and apologized to the people of Toronto, his family and members of city council, in a voice that cracked with emotion.
“No excuses,” said Ford, adding he has “no one to blame but myself.”
It was a touching moment, considering Ford did not identify an alleged mistake that justified an apology. But Brother Doug knows when to reach out, even if it is hard for Rob to understand why.
Once the apologizing was over, his voice recovered its strength and he said it is time to move on. Business as usual.
“Keep yer’ nose clean,” said Doug, and don’t be getting hammered in public. “Stay in your basement and have a few pops.”
So everthing should be okay now. The apology covers it off, Rob said he'll behave and we can turn the page.
As for Doug's advice, excellent. It is almost the same as Rob would get from his chief of staff.
Mr. Mayor, you need to go straight…to the basement after work. No more meeting people with packages at the Esso, or mickeys in the glove box, or hosting late night receptions in your office.
Go home and lay low, Mr. Mayor.
But there was no mention of anything else Ford might do to deal with the issues that attracted the attention of undercover police, and eventually the whole wide world.
It was handled as if the problem is that he occasionally has a few too many drinks, ho, ho, and who hasn’t done that?
It had me wondering about the discussion that preceded the radio show.
Doug: Apologize, you knucklehead! It doesn’t matter what for. People want you to say something, so you better say you’re sorry.
Rob: No! You can’t make me.
Doug (with hand raised): I’ll give you a wedgy, dammit!
Rob: Ow! Ow! That hurts, bro! I’m telling mum. You’re in trouble now.
Doug (wrestling with Rob): Just do it, so things can get back to normal. C’mon!
Rob: Allright, already. But you gotta do me a favour. I can’t call Sandro.
After the 15 minutes or so it took to clear up the scandals, it was indeed back to business. Rob wished all his Hindu listeners a happy Diwali and rhymed off a list of community events so long that Doug stopped him part way through, told him to break it into two parts, and do the rest later.
See? That Doug, he gives the best advice.