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Two phones and Stephen Harper


 

The PMO released this photo of Stephen Harper on the phone with President Barack Obama talking about the upcoming G20 Summit. Note the other phone hung up behind the PM. Just saying.

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Two phones and Stephen Harper

  1. Well they did get the flag in the picture, everyone’s so busy what with the crisis and all. Dion would have probably had the ph. upside down.

  2. No wedding ring?

    • Dropped it off at Mordor for evil spell regeneration.

    • You’ve to find one that fits.

      Where was this phone call made from — from a hotel room in Washington D.C.? And who wears makeup while making a phone call from his office?

    • Is Mrs Harper on this trip?

      • “Well quite frankly, Ms. Pelosi, if we were going to have an affair, we would have already had it by now. Clearly, that means we’re about to.”

    • I’ve noticed that Harper doesn’t always wear his wedding ring.

      As per why there is makeup, a flat and a second phone, this call was made during an interview on some American station. The flag and phone are part of the set.

      • “flat” = flag

        • Yeah but why’s he so thin?

          • Corset?

          • He actually lost a lot of weight before the last election and seems to be keeping it off this time.

  3. It’s a chair phone! I want one!

    • As Harper releases gas it automatically dials Ignatieff, 2 gas releases—Flaherty.

      • OK, I no longer want one.

  4. It has been pointed out to me that the Harper in the picture is an earlier, thinner version. Fake photo or photoshop?

    • Photoshop. They really should make an effort to pop by Something Awful and poach someone good at it.

      • Not photoshop… it’s just the way he’s sitting. He may be sucking it in at the same time. There are tricks photographers use to make people seem thinner.

  5. One of Harper’s staff should have wiped that blob of ketchup off his pants.

  6. Let’s see?

    1. Harper has made two trips to the States lately.

    2. Neither has been by invitation.

    3. On neither occasion has he met with:
    a. The President.
    b. Congress
    c. Anyone of important or substance.

    4. From each trip the result was exactly nothing; except expenses, a photo-op and publicity dump.

    Conclusion; there is no one on the other end of the telephone and Harper is, as usual, talking to himself.

    Harper and his government have demonstrated time and again, it seems to me, that they strive for shallow, revel in shallow and when it comes to shallow they succeed stunningly.

    • I miss Chretien’s Team Canada missions by comparison, despite their tendency to verge on hoakey hucksterism.

    • So if George Galloway was able to speak via video-conference link-up to Toronto couldn’t Steve have just done these interviews by video too?

      Why all the expense etc. involved in squiring a Prime Minister around for nothing more talking to the media?

      Wait, I’ve got it. Since local media is being decimated here in Canada thanks to the economy and the cutbacks the media conglomorates are making due to falling advertising revenue his favourite means of by-passing the Ottawa press corp. no longer exists so now he has found another method – just go to the States!

    • “Harper and his government have demonstrated time and again, it seems to me, that they strive for shallow, revel in shallow and when it comes to shallow they succeed stunningly.”

      Perfectly suited to this great land, 2 000 miles wide and 1 mile deep. ; )

    • Nothing yesterday on New York Times search.

  7. This pic looks staged to me. Flag in the background, shirt sleeves rolled up, chair in the middle of the room somewhere with a fully functional but less-optically-useful telephone clearly visible in the background.
    How much of this guy’s time is wasted on optics and staging and looking good, as opposed to really dealing with issues?
    It fits well with the Ian Brodie GST cut comments of last week: if the people can be duped into thinking it’s meaningful, then that’s all that matters.
    Sure, the ends justify the means, but the ‘ends’ should be the advancement of good policy – not getting or maintaining power.

    • Agreed, no one rolls up their sleeves in real life. That’s all hollywood, baby. And may I ask how you have been able to assess the functionality of the background phone from your present location? And are we really trying to suggest that Harper is in any way unique among politicians in his penchant for photo-ops? And… you know what, nevermind…

      • No, just a talent for bad ones.

      • They photoshopped his gut away. Admit, Olaf.

      • And are we really trying to suggest that Harper is in any way unique among politicians in his penchant for photo-ops?

        Who was the last prime minister who had to have his photo plastered over all the websites, hallways, documents,….? I’m surprised the painting in the above photo wasn’t replaced by a photo of Harper.

        If Harper ever gets a majority, it is going to be mandatory for all Canadians to have a 4 foot photo of Harper in their house and a smaller one hanging from the rear view mirror in their car.

        • If Harper ever gets a majority, it is going to be mandatory for all Canadians to have a 4 foot photo of Harper in their house and a smaller one hanging from the rear view mirror in their car.

          Wait, we only do that in Alberta?

      • Hey Olaf – I roll up my sleeves in real life! Usually when I realize I should have worn a short sleeve shirt!

  8. “Yes, room 301. No anchoves and don’t forget the dipping sauce!”

    • “Your call is important to us . . . please stay on the line to maintain your call priority”

    • “Yes, room 301. The people in 302 sound like they are having fun. Make them stop.”

    • “Uh-huh . . . yes, I understand . . . . yes, but I thought the movie title would not appear on my bill . . . “

  9. Oh, sorry, i thought this was one of Scott’s caption contests.

    • It should be.
      Given Mr H’s known fondness for retakes and dislike of spontaneity.
      Harper’s aide: “I know it’s not a real ph Mr Harper, but we have to get this right, for the real thing.
      Now once again, when you say how are you today Mr President, and i reply: fine Mr Harper, how’re you today, you say..?”
      Harper:” But the ph’s not working? Why can’t i use the other ph”?
      Aide: Muttering to himself:” Oh god, maybe if we sit here long enough, he’ll call us”?

  10. Oh come on Michael, he’s on the ph to the Prez. It’s a secure line, it stretches all the way down Pennsylvannia ave., all the way to the Presidential wash room.

  11. Now that y’all mention it, Harper looks embalmed in the photo — or is that the newest addition to Madam Toussaud’s Museum?

  12. SH practises his up-coming conversation with the Prez:
    Yes Mr Prezident, it’s me Steve from Canada, you came up to visit me recently. Oh…you don’t remember…er no…the guys from Iceland are broke, remember…er no, i’m not looking for a bail out…I’m Steve from…up north”
    Harper’s aide:”I see you’re a little nervous today sir”?

  13. The other phone is just his direct hotline to the Kremlin, you cynics! You think tensions over military flights escalate themselves?

    • Shouldn’t it be red?

      • Liberal red, you mean? Beige is the official colour of Canada’s New Government (established 2006).

  14. “Suddenly my lashes were a mile long!”

    and then he went to write his hockey book. or read one. It’s been so long I forget the commitment.

  15. God, I’ve seen Dion look more manly eating a salad than Harper does in this photo. The phone looks like it’s seconds away from falling out of his hand…

  16. I miss Chrétien. Harper is boring me like no other.

  17. harper was imagining a conversation with obama in this photograph…

  18. One thing no reporter has mentioned yet is Harper’s 2010
    Christmas Card was in itself a cut and paste masterpiece first, ONE YEAR BEOFRE
    even the 2011 Christmas Card.

    The 2010 Christmas Card was a cut and paste job from their Fall
    2010 Thanksgiving portraits, which is the last time Laureen was in a studio
    with Harper and the kids. Even then, in
    October 2010, she did not pose with Harper directly. ALL PHOTOSHOPPED, ALL THE TIME.

    The Harper’s last Christmas Card 2010 photo was made by
    heavily Photoshopping their individual Thanksgiving Oct. 2010 portraits to make
    it appear they were photographed together for Christmas when no such thing
    occurred as they separated as a couple over three years ago. Please see below links of Photoshopped pictures.

    Neocon “Tory” Doctored photo number 1

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=185060898193943&set=a.148631491836884.23227.100000701030243

    NL Doctored photo number 2

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=185060514860648&set=a.148631491836884.23227.100000701030243

  19. In its annual 2011 Christmas card, Canada’s first family
    seems, well, timeless.

    Indeed, except for a pasted in new wife, Prime Minister
    Stephen Harper and his children appear much like they did in last year’s
    holiday greeting card. Right down to the
    clothing and hair.

    And 2010’s Christmas card looks identical to their Oct. 2010
    Thanksgiving portraits.

    Sure, the backdrop is different — a garland-laced fireplace
    this year, an outdoor scene with 24 Sussex Dr. behind them last year.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1100881–stephen-harper-and-his-family-re-gift-their-christmas-card?bn=1#article

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/stephen-harper-christmas-card-controversy-172707466.html

  20. Tory MP Pierre Poilievre’s fake constituents

    OTTAWA — At first glance, the photograph on Conservative MP
    Pierre Poilievre’s website appears to show him surrounded by a happy and
    diverse group of constituents.

    But none of these people pictured on Poilievre’s website is
    actually a constituent of his Nepean-Carleton riding or, for that matter, a
    Canadian citizen.

    The images of this multi-ethnic group were purchased from
    online stock photo agencies and inserted into the website graphic with photo
    editing software.

    http://pushedleft.blogspot.com/2011/03/poor-pierre-poilievre-he-had-to-buy.html

  21. Is it really too much to
    expect our political leaders to commission, or at least buy, pictures
    from Canadian photographers?

    Today, a new example appearing in a prominent position on
    the Conservative Party of Canada’s website. The picture of a father and son hunting some
    kind of fowl appears next to a come-on for a petition to scrap the federal
    long-gun registry.

    Turns out the pictures were taken by Minnesota-based
    photographer Lawrence Sawyer. You can buy them here:

    http://afewtastefulsnaps.net/?p=1316

  22. Harper is wearing a girdle to pull his gut in. The outline is visible under his shirt, especially boobs. bawhahahahaha

    Mirdle = a men’s compression girdle
    http://blindgossip.com/?p=14040

    ….