As U.S. President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night you may have heard cheers coming from Mayor Rob Ford’s house in Etobicoke.
Why is the right-wing mayor of Canada’s largest city cheering on a Democrat? Because Obama’s win proves Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, wrong. Better than that, the brothers bet on it and the Ward 2, Etobicoke North councillor now owes the mayor a dinner.
The Ford brothers made the public bet on the outcome of the U.S. election during their radio show on Sunday (story here).
Ford predicted Obama was going to “smoke” Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“You’ve heard it first, Obama is going to take it hands down,” the mayor told his Newstalk 1010 show audience.
Brother Doug disagreed.
First, he called the mayor a “leftie” – possibly one of the biggest insults in the Ford family – for prognosticating an Obama victory. Then, he predicted (wrongly as it turns out now) a “landslide for Romney.”
Now with an Obama win, it sounds like Councillor Ford will have to shell out for that nice Italian dinner the mayor put on the line. Mayor Ford specifically wanted that dinner to include veal parmesan, Caesar salad and bruschetta – good thing they still aren’t on that weight-loss campaign.
“I’m going to soak you alive (for that dinner),” the mayor crowed.
It probably probably won’t help Doug’s wallet that he joked: “OK, what’s on the line, what are we betting? Two buckets or three buckets of KFC?” during the election bet discussion on Sunday.
Can’t wait to see that receipt.