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Life is but a series of photo opportunities


 

The Prime Minister’s Office quite rightly dismisses the attention paid to yesterday’s Prime Ministerial bathroom break.

“I don’t think any leader came here for photo ops,” said Dimitri Soudas, a Harper spokesperson. “World leaders are here to discuss very serious matters while we go through the biggest global crisis in a generation.”

Very serious. Global crisis. No time or need for photo ops.

Well, except for that one with the Queen. And that one with the Prince. And that other one with the soccer player. And there is that photo with the Finance Minister that’s up on the party website now. And there was that photo with the phone that the PMO sent out beforehand. And the G20’s Flickr page. And the Prime Minister’s Flickr page. And all the photos on that “action plan” website.

But otherwise. Photo ops, completely beside the point.


 

Life is but a series of photo opportunities

  1. If you look at all the photos Harper uses, they either are just of himself, or him with only one or two other people. Harper wouldn’t consider a large group photo a useful photo op. The G20 group photo is more a historical image of the participants and Harper is too focussed on himself to care about that.

  2. Stephen Harper is ALL ABOUT photo ops! Geez, he flies all over the country to announce the commitment to open a park, or to announce some sort of defence contract or another (sometimes even the same commitment more than once!).
    But does anybody take anything this PMO says at face value? Honestly?

  3. This is def one of my fave Harper rhetorical devices:

    1) regularly use/argue a particular approach/technique/point; 2) when it bites back in some way (minor or major; self- or externally-inflicted) have a PMO or party toadie (i.e., the blogging tories feign protracted outrage/inccredulity at/of the situation/approach/issue or those associated with it. for added effect, most often with the tact of a grade-school temper tantrum:

    ‘I didn’t come here to take pictures!!!!’

  4. That is exactly what the PM said Aarron. There are lots of opportuniites for photo ops, so why do people make such a big deal out of it.

  5. You wonder how a PM with a freakin’ sense of humour would have handled this. But, alas, all we get from these dullards is some somber tripe that only makes Harper look more ridiculous and loony.

  6. LOL!

  7. I R SERIOUS PRIME MINISTER! THIS IS SERIOUS PICTURE!

    • laffin too hard; can’t stop cryin’

  8. The PMO hack’s own excuses doesn’t even jive with Harper’s own statement about there always being opportunities for other photos, as if the 20 heads of government don’t have anything else to do when they get together to solve an economic meltdown.
    Maybe if Harper were respectful enough of other people then he would be better practised at the art of showing up on time.

  9. “I don’t think any leader came here for photo ops,” said Dimitri Soudas, a Harper spokesperson. ”World leaders are here to discuss very serious matters while we go through the biggest global crisis in a generation.”

    So they must have been extra-pleased to have to take a SECOND photo, in order to accommodate Harper’s tardiness! Tjhey must have been doubly thrilled.

  10. he took a bathroom break so his ego could lecture him on exiting the men’s room.

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