Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Pulls a Marion Barry

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May 17 2013 8:24 AM

Opening Act: The Hoser Set Me Up, Eh?

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford waves the Pan American flag during the closing ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games on October 30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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As Toronto Mayor Rob Ford deals with a video tape purportedly showing him smoking crack and using slurs, it's a fun time to revisit Vice's look at his inability to look sane on camera.

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Correction, May 17, 2013: This post originally misspelled Carol Leonnig's last name.

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