Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bill Clinton: Rob Ford 'destroyed every stereotype about Canadians'

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton weighed in on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's antics last night, saying he "has absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians."

Clinton appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show on Thursday. Ford has been a running punchline for the American comedian

"Have you been following Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?" Kimmel asked his guest. "I know he's Canadian, but I would love if you could put a word in with Hillary. Potential running mate? I don't know. Maybe secretary of state?" 

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Clinton replied with his line about Canadian stereotypes to laughter and applause from the audience.

"The Canadians are upbeat, optimistic, can-do. They're embracing. They're inclusive," Clinton said.

"Old Rob has proved that you can't be—. Stereotypes are not good, positive or negative, I guess."

Kimmel began his show remarking that Clinton would be sitting in the same spot once occupied by "both Honey Boo-Boo and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford."

"That chair is gonna be so confused," he joked.

He then mocked Ford for his city council votes against congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic teams and renaming a Toronto street for the late South African icon Nelson Mandela

"Both proposals passed 40-1. The one vote against them? Can you guess who that came from?" Kimmel teased.

"I have you say, I support the mayor on this," Kimmel said, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "Finally, a leader who's not afraid to take a stand against athletic excellence and Nelson Mandela."

"C'mon, Toronto. How can you not re-elect this guy? He's the best!"

Toronto City Council reopened the two motions Thursday morning to allow Ford to change his vote.

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