George W. Bush spent part of his last day bidding adieu to his fellow world leaders. Citing the White House, the Associated Press puts lists the recipients of final calls as: “President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia; President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia; President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea; Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; former President Vicente Fox of Mexico; Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan; and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain; President Shimon Peres of Israel; Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; French President Nicolas Sarkozy; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.”

Is this a final strike against those who seek to damn our Prime Minister by perceived association with the departing President? Or proof that Harper failed in his explicit mission to better relations with the American administration?

Probably almost certainly neither. But, sadly, some will inevitably try to find great significance in these token gestures.



  1. It’s Harpers fault, of course.

  2. Or, maybe Bush is such good friends with Harper, he said farewell sometime in the last week? Man, we’re so pessimistic as a country.

  3. Or maybe it’s just further evidence that Bush is determined to ignore or abuse Canada, and that Harper was wasting his time trying to build a relationship with him. No doubt he’s hated us since Rick Mercer got him to thank Prime Minister Poutine for his endorsement.

  4. Harper’s damned if he was on the list, and damned if he wasn’t. It’s always been this way for Harper when dealing with Bush.

    At least Bush’s departure will put an end to the nauseating “Harper=Bush” propaganda. I remember watching one of those NDP french-language ads, and feeling shocked that the once-noble NDP had deteriorated to the point where they shamelessly targeted morons as a voting demographic.

    • Unfortunately they were already committed to another party.

      • Ooooh, don’t leave us in suspense…. which party might you be referring to?

        • Liberals presumably

  5. The USA is quite prepared to give us the respect we deserve.

    Where else we gonna go ?

  6. This snub isn’t as grating as the post-9-11 snub. Thanking a laundry list of countries that, essentially, did nothing to help except offer moral support while failing to acknowledge what Canada did for the tens of thousands of air travelers that the US turned away in mid-flight. As always, it’s better to keep your thanks general to avoid such glaring omissions. I guess this administration didn’t learn that.

  7. He forgot Poland.