Rob Ford has no idea he is a walking punchline if his latest stunt to appease the hard-working people in Toronto is any indication. In a show of ... something, Ford declared today to be Bob Marley Day, exercising what might be the only official power he has left.
Now this isn't a completely random decision from the erratic, sometimes unpredictable mayor. Today is Marley's birthday; he would have turned 69 had he not died on May 11, 1981.
Ford has a long history of demonstrating that he is the kind of person who would have a Bob Marley poster on his wall. This proclamation of good will is coming from the mayor who admitted smoking crack last year, in one of his "drunken stupors." In 1999, Ford caught a charge in Florida after driving with a joint in his shirt pocket, and has admitted to smoking all the weed. "Oh yeah, I won't deny that... I've smoked a lot of it," was Ford's answer when asked if he smoked pot, prior to his crack admission. Lest we forget the video of an inebriated Ford swearing in Jamaican patios around 3 a.m. at a fast food joint not that long ago. Also, he hilariously danced to Marley on the Toronto city council floor one day:
How do you even make jokes with this guy any more? It's like there are no more Rob Ford jokes to make because he keeps stealing the best ones by living his life.
Oh, right, you can always photoshop a rasta hat on his head:
Whereas each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.
His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.
Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.
Now therefore, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.
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