The beleaguered mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has finally admitted he smoked crack cocaine. After weeks of allegations from the press and denials by Mr Ford, Toronto's leader confessed in an emotional press conference yesterday. Fighting back the tears, Ford apologised to all citizens of Toronto, whom he felt he had let down. He admitted smoking the drug while he was in a "drunken stupor" and added that a one-time mistake did not make him a drug addict or an alcoholic. Mr Ford finally came clean after his own police force announced it had video of him at a Toronto drug den, apparently of him actually smoking the drug. The media had been running stories of the allegations for months but Ford continually denied them.
In spite of his confession and amid calls for his resignation, Mr Ford told reporters he would stay in office. Furthermore, he vowed to fight for a second term in office at the next election. He announced: "I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing." He added: "I know I have to regain your trust and confidence." He tried to reassure the public that there would be no repeat occurrence of his misdemeanour. He told the packed press conference: "Folks, I have nothing left to hide. I would do anything, absolutely anything to change the past, but the past is the past and we must move forward. I want to be crystal clear. These mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again."
1.fight back 忍住
例句：She fought back her tears as she said goodby.
2.In spite of 尽管
例句：He was there on the stroke in spite of the rain.
3.let down 使失望
例句：He let his wife down when he failed to obtain promotion.
4.drug addict 吸毒者
例句：It’s curious, also, that any felon, drug addict, or recovering hedonist can loudly proclaim a sudden embrace of Jesus and be welcomed without doubt by leaders of the religious right.
1.Who made allegations about Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine?
a) a drug dealer
b) his political opponents
c) the press
d) an unnamed colleague
2.Where did Mr Ford make his confession?
a) at a press conference
b) at a rehabilitation centre
d) at his house
3.What did he feel he had done to Toronto's citizens?
a) gave them up
b) let them down
c) looked them over
d) turned them on
4.In what condition was Mr Ford in when he smoked the cocaine?
a) a stupendous one
b) he was very stupid
c) he was in perfect condition
d) he was in a drunken stupor
5.Where was Mr Ford in the video the police took of him?
a) in his office
b) at home
c) at a drug den
d) in Montreal
6.What were there calls for Mr Ford to do?
a) keep quiet
c) join a rehab clinic
d) campaign against drugs
7.What did the mayor vow to do?
a) rid Toronto of crack cocaine
b) become clean
c) lose weight
d) fight for re-election
8.What does Mr Ford have to get back?
a) his glory days
b) public trust
c) his money
d) his family and friends
9.What would Mr Ford do to change the past?
a) give his right hand
b) absolutely anything
c) pay a lot of money
d) 1,000 hours of community service
10.How much clarity does Mr Ford want to provide?
a) he wants to be crystal clear
b) about 90%
c) like a chandelier