Bobcat Goldthwait

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QUOTED: American satirist P.J. O’Rourke describes one way Rob Ford has actually been good for the city


(Image: P.J. O’Rourke, Cato Institute)

“For the first time in my life, I want to go to Toronto.”

P.J. O’Rourke, American political satirist and writer, talking about Toronto’s new edgy reputation, gained in the wake of the Rob Ford crack scandal. “Obviously, there’s a side to this place we little knew,” he quipped on NPR’s weekly news quiz Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  

For those unfamiliar with the radio show, it features panellists, like O’Rourke, answering questions about the week’s news. “I think it’s fascinating that [Rob Ford] is implying that alcohol is the gateway to crack,” said fellow panellist Bobcat Goldthwait. “The thing about this guy that’s so amazing is that he’s so un-Canadian,” added Kyrie O’Connor. “I mean, Canada’s a place where they still eat off regular-sized plates.”


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