Like Obama, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Cocaine Use

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has joined Barack Obama in the list of major political figures who have admitted to cocaine use. While Rob Ford only admitted his cocaine use recently, Obama discussed his own cocaine abuse in his book Dreams From My Father.

“I had learned not to care,” he wrote.  “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years.  Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.  Not smack, though.”

Despite admitting cocaine use in his book, he later attempted to avoid the question when asked by a reporter.

State Sen.  BARACK OBAMA, D-Chicago, who is running for U.S.  Senate, didn’t tell all when recently asked about any past use of illegal drugs.  I know that because I found out more information in a 1995 book by – guess who – Barack Obama.

Obama last week apologized for not telling me earlier about his past as portrayed in the book.  He said I had caught him off guard with the drug question and that, at the time, he had not wanted to overshadow his story of that day – his endorsement by the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

On 60 Minutes, Obama mentioned that he had considered using heroin, but didn’t use it because he didn’t like the pusher who was selling it. Otherwise, he apparently would have used heroin.

Considering his occasional ambiguity of the subject, there is no way to be certain of when Obama stopped using drugs. His official exam does not mention a drug test, only mentions that he’s taking a nicotine patch of some sort.

In any case, it would appear that cocaine is becoming the new marijuana for politicians in their forties and fifties.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of cocaine use earlier in his life and effectively conceded it with a non-denial. Meanwhile the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, has admitted to marijuana use only three years ago.

Rob Ford’s situation is somewhat different since unlike most politicians he has admitted to using cocaine “on the job”, but it’s not entirely clear that this distinction even matters anymore.

Where exactly is the line supposed to be drawn when there are no longer any standards of values or character for politicians? If their adulterous affairs are their own private business and their past drug use is their own business, even though hard drugs are often addictive and permanently change the structure of the brain, why not let politicians smoke crack on the job?

Either we have standards or we don’t. Either politicians are supposed to reflect the morals of the people they represent or they need not have any morals at all. Attempting to have it both ways will never work.

Is the distinction here that crack cocaine is a ghetto drug, but if it were something more upscale that would be fine?

Rob Ford has admitted to using drugs. Unlike Justin Trudeau, he doesn’t seem to want to legalize them. Thank goodness for small favors.

  • truebearing

    Too bad the reporter didn’t ask Obama about Larry Sinclair, or Donald Young, or…or….or….

  • Erudite Mavin

    Am listening to Ford speking now on FOX. What he is saying sounds like the former mayor here, Bob Filner wrote his speech. I heard this before.

  • scottld

    Obama did not use while in office.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Who knows

      • Pedro

        Who cares

        • truebearing

          Only the intelligent and the sane.

        • johnhay

          The same people who care about Ford, one would think — unless they’re hypocrites.

        • tickletik

          I want you to go out and get a copy of the book “A first rate madness”, the main concept of the book is that people who are off kilter tend to make great leaders in a crisis.

          But the reason I want you to read it, is so you’ll go through the chapters on JFK and Adolf Hitler. And one of the things you’ll find out is that both these men were heavy users of amphetimenes and steroids. In Hitlers case, it was a very GOOD thing he used them towards the end, because his drug use caused him to make one rotten decision after another which ended the war a lot faster.

          JFK was a different matter. Apparently he suffered from something called Addisons disease and privately went through horrific medical problems. He was a heavy drug user because of that (and because he was also a hyperactive guy naturally). In the first half of his presidency his doctors put him on heavy steroid use, which clearly coincides with a lot of his awful decision making.

          In the second half, the part where he stared down Kruschev, supported civil rights, etc, he had a change of doctors who cut out most of the drug use.

          Point is, drugs affect mood and mind. Now I personally could care less if someone wants to privately destroy their own mind with whatever drug they like. But I absolutely want to know if they are using and you should too.

        • Veracious_one

          apparently not Obama supporters

    • Veracious_one

      which office?

      • scottld

        No office. Read his book.

        • Veracious_one

          and you believe Obama, who has admitted he lies?

          • scottld

            That is political misleading and all politicians of every stripe do it. Obama’s book is about himself and it came out before he held office. Do individuals lie? Of course some do but I suspect your opinion has more to do with ideology that actual fact checking or knowledge. I dont think he uses illegal drugs today any more than you do.

    • Susieq

      How do you know he is not using?

      • scottld

        By his behaviour.

  • LeDa88

    A leader of a Canadian Federal Party, Justin Trudeau admits to using pot while an MP. He gets a pass. Polls have him the most popular leader at this mid-term, which is not unusual, but this moron is Canada’s Obama.

    • Ian

      Are you seriously equating marijuana—which more than 50% of Canadians would like to see legalized (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/majority-of-canadians-want-to-loosen-marijuana-laws-polls/article14010389/)—with crack cocaine, a street drug which is seen as a scourge on society?

      • UCSPanther

        Break the law, the consequences should be the same.

        Especially if you are a politician…

      • Biff Henderson

        Your argument is flawed and I’ll tell you why. People that choose to self-medicate the stressors in their lives with pot or whatever do themselves a disservice because they numb the pain instead of trying to change the circumstances in their lives to prevent it from touching them in the first place. Stressors should be seen as signposts to motivate the individual to take control of their fate. If one were to opt for the caffeine in a cup of Joe or the on demand endorphin you can get with a piece of nicotine gum to get you over the little emotional humps throughout the day the stressors can still serve what I feel is their intended purpose. The even keel endorphin meds in the marketplace kill one’s desire to change one’s fate. Numb is for the weak-willed sloth, the bemoaning victim narrative type that is a plague to society.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        Why not?

        Are we drawing lines between different types of drugs? Is that like saying that it’s okay for a politician to mildly assault someone but not kill them?

  • Ian

    Sure, Obama admitted to using cocaine when he was a young man unelected to public office. Ford admitted to using *crack* cocaine only last year, while mayor of Toronto.

    Would Ford still be in the same boat if it was just cocaine he used while so drunk he can’t even remember the event? That depends. Does this alternate reality Ford also consort with suspected drug dealers involved in a police investigation, employ them, write referrals for them and meet them in odd places to clandestinely exchange packages with unknown contents?

  • CrossWinds

    All have sinned, All need Christ….

    ………….Ephesians 2:1-3………
    2 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

  • Veracious_one

    “I had learned not to care,” he wrote. “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.”
    probably partying with the likes of the Anti-American bomber Bill Ayers…who, of course, had no Influence on him…Right?

  • bob klinck

    The press has reported that David Cameron, PM of the UK, was caught smoking “weed” at Eton and has stated that he hasn’t used cocaine since being elected into Parliament, which is interesting phraseology. The drug and political cultures seem to be fusing.

  • bob klinck

    The press has reported that David Cameron, PM of the UK, was caught smoking “weed” at Eton and has stated that he hasn’t used cocaine since being elected into Parliament, which is interesting phraseology. The drug and political cultures seem to be fusing.