News Alert: Rob Ford did not apologize

We’ve heard it a million times, the non-apology apology from politicians. It’s when that tiny little word “if” follows “I’m sorry.” (You know, “I’m sorry if I offended you.”) And we shouldn’t let them get away with it.

But I think Ford’s grand performance – the halting words, the real emotion – during his presser yesterday out-shone the content of his statement. The visual of a tired, haggard Ford choked up is what left the impression.

Here is what he actually said, to close out the statement:

“Looking back, maybe I could have expressed myself in a different way. To everyone who believes I should have done this differently, I sincerely apologize.”

“To everyone who believes I should have done this differently, I sincerely apologize.”

Not, I shouldn’t have done it. Not, I should’ve paid the fine. Not, I shouldn’t have misused taxpayer resources. Just, that if you think I should have done things differently.

Even when pushed in front of the media by his advisors and lawyers (a day too late), he couldn’t actually bring himself to say just two little words: “I’m sorry.”



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