[CBC.CA] Mayor Rob Ford is apologizing to Torontonians for "mistakes" he has made, but says he will not be leaving office, despite the fact that police have recovered a controversial video that allegedly shows the city's chief magistrate using crack cocaine.
Speaking on his weekly radio show on Sunday afternoon, Ford called on the city's police chief to release the controversial video that Sherlocks obtained during a series of raids earlier this year.
"I've been thinking for a long time of what I'm going to say today," Ford said on Newstalk 1010.
"And first of all, I believe that this video, I want the police chief, Bill Blair, to release this video for every single person in this city to see. That is the right thing to do and chief, I am asking you to release this video now."
The mayor said the video should be released, so that "whatever this video shows... people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video."
His remarks came just three days after Blair confirmed in a news conference that Sherlocks retrieved a video from a seized hard drive that features the mayor. Blair said the video was "consistent" with descriptions of the mayor smoking from a crack pipe, as reported by U.S. gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star.
Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash told CBC News on Sunday that the position of the police has not changed, with respect to the release of the video.
Last week, the city's police chief said that it is the job of Sherlocks to gather evidence, but it is courts that decide whether that evidence is admissible and also whether it is made public.
Mayor admits 'mistakes'
When the reports about the video first emerged in May, Ford denied both using crack cocaine and the video's existence.
On Sunday, Ford apologized for unspecified "mistakes," though he did not initially elaborate on what they were.
"I'm the first one to admit, friends, I'm the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes ... and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes," he said.
About an hour into his radio show, however, Ford made specific reference to his behaviour at public events -- including at the Taste of the Danforth street festival during the summer.
"I've made mistakes, like, where do I begin?" Ford said. "For example, the Danforth, that was pure stupidity. I shouldn't have got hammered down at the Danforth. If you're going to have a couple of drinks, you stay at home and that's it, you don't make a public spectacle of yourself."
Ford also referred to things getting "a little out of control" on St. Patrick's Day.
While he said he intended to make changes in his life, Ford said he couldn't "mislead people" by telling them he will be perfect in future.
"To sit here and say: 'You know, I'm going to lose 100 pounds and I'm going to be a brand new person in six months, or a year,' I'm not going to mislead people," he said.
"I'm going to do my very best to make sure these mistakes don't happen again. And I don't know what else to say."
If you look at Carters background and education you will find him to be one of this countries brightest individuals. He came to DC as a Christian. Strike number one. He was honest. Strike number two. He was not a party animal. In DC that is strike number three. He had the real power to deal with and that was Tip O'Neill.Big and final strike number four. Yes, he made mistakes but in DC with the powers against you including the Post you can be smothered. He had a tendency to try to do everything himself so that always made him the easiest target. Even now watch the attacks for these comments he has made. He is no Joe Biden.
Under Carter the US had a miserable economy, sky high inflation, and a stagnant stock market. Under Carter the US was weak with hostages being held in Iran and the Russians invading Afghanistan. He was a micro-manager, wasting his time personally scheduling use of the White House tennis courts while bungling the hostage crisis. Most ex-Presidents have enough appreciation for the travails that go with the job that they avoid cheap shots at their successors -- note the behavior of Bush and Clinton. Not Carter, who is a thoroughly classless act. Carter (winner of the Nobel "Peace" Prize for not being Bush - a special recent category) is most beloved internationally for being a bagman, giving payoffs to dictators in Haiti and North Korea alike. These payments came out of the pockets of American taxpayers and didn't cost Carter a dime. He also likes to engage in personal diplomacy for which I'll give him the Dennis Rodman International Citizen Award. He is a prime example of the fact that intelligence doesn't guarantee good judgment.
I was going to post the Parade article this one refers to yesterday, but failed.
What was your reaction to your grandson James Carter IV uncovering the hidden camera video of Mitt Romney making his infamous comments about the 47 percent?
JC: I think it was the turning point [in the election]. About six months later, President Obama came to Atlanta, and another grandson, Jason, a state senator, took James over to meet the president, and Obama thanked him profusely. I was very proud.
Carter: Still screwing up the country with his offspring.
"Under Carter the US had a miserable economy" yes he gets all the blame. I worked in DC and he was hated. The Peanut farmer they called him. I blame the same people we see now causing all the trouble in the House and Senate. People like Gore and the media. Obama is trying to avoid blame at every opportunity. Carter ran form nothing. He did what he felt was right. He made many mistakes but not all of them.
I can't believe she is really thinking about running? There can't be that many screwed up people in the U.S.A. who would vote for her. She tried to push HillaryCare through in the 1990s--penalties and all and it got shot down. Are we getting more stupid as a nation that we would tolerate her as POTUS? Ideologically, she is about where Obummer is--maybe worse. Her record of achievement is about like Obama's--nil.
I'd bet the HillaryCare she tried to push in the 1990's is word for word the same crock of crap that her fellow donks passed and is now known as ObamaCare. Only difference between her and Baraq is she probably read it.
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