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Very small Monday-morning observation


 

My goodness, the Prime Minister looks tired at his news conference.


 

Very small Monday-morning observation

  1. Maybe all the partying with his former classmates caught up with him? Or maybe he is tired after listening to the Iggy-McCallum whine fest earlier in the morning.

  2. Is he about to launch his party platform?

  3. Time to take a break, before some terrible gaffe happens (again).

  4. PW,

    Since you spent some time with Harper, I’d be interested in your take on his “zest” for all of this. Opinions on his policies and abilities aside, I’ve gotta say the man has never impressed me as someone who enjoyed being prime minister all that much, and campaigning even less. What’s your impression?

  5. I hope he looked better than he does in the NDP ad you got above Recent Comments. That photo is creepy.

  6. I think he wears too much eye makeup.

  7. Dion was also looking exhausted at Algonquin college today.

    I wonder if both leaders are worrying about the financial crisis — if they aren’t, why aren’t they?

  8. Sean S., I really disagree with your hunch that Harper doesn’t like this job. He LOVES this job. The problem may be that it’s very, very difficult to tell when he’s having a good time. But he actually talks about it, and everybody who’s known him for a long time — the Calgary crowd — marvels about it all the time. “It’s amazing how much Harper loves what he’s doing now.”

    In that rather staged breakfast with us in Toronto, he talked about it. Alex Panetta wrote a CP story with the proper quotes, but by and large Harper said, “When I speak to schoolkids they always ask what the best part of the job is. I say, ‘You get to run the government.’ It’s like somebody asked Ray Charles what the worst part of being blind is and he said,’I can’t see anything.’ Sometimes you overlook the obvious in these situations.” Incidentally a hint of how funny he can be in “private.”

    Now, to some extent, so what. Martin hated politics and he did kinda sorta OK at it, up to a point. Joe Clark loved politics with every fibre of his being and he didn’t do very well. But an enthusiasm for the life is usually one ingredient in success.

  9. You’d be tired too if you realized the platform you hadn’t come up with all campaign was due the next morning!

  10. Self promotion:

    Click my link above to see the leaders as Simpsons characters.

  11. Like I’ve said before, I’m glad it isn’t necessary to pay for this stuff anymore.

  12. I see them as Simpsons characters all the time.

  13. Thanks PW!

    Though I think “running the government” is a somewhat telling way to phrase it. Hardly dripping with a symbolic and historic sense of public service. Then again, it’s always been something of a sin to the Canadian people to covet the job too much, or to behave with presidential or kingly/queenly illusions when holding it.

  14. I’d like to find out just what he “loves” about running the government. Is it running it effectively, or is it simply the love of bossing people around and sticking it to all those lib-left bleeding hearts?

    Or maybe Harper’s just flush with that “all growed up” feeling all of us experience when we get our first real job?

  15. Mr. Harper is Wilson from Home Improvement, come from behind the fence, wearing a mask to disguise his real self.

  16. Harper runs the government? I thought the civil service did that.

  17. Maybe the fatique in those steeley black eyes comes from the realization that many of the 60% of Canadians who hate his politics are waking up to what has to be done.

  18. I haven’t seen any pictures from today, but I’ve felt for some time that Harper should get a personal trainer and submit to his bidding 45 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be super-tough: maybe 25 minutes on a stat bike and 20 minutes stretching. And he can listen to a briefing while he’s pedalling. He’s in his late forties, and the shape he’s in, at risk of cardiovascular problems.

    I don’t agree with a lot of his policies, but I don’t want my prime minister keeling over.

  19. Well it can be very tiring, what with trying to financially hobble the federal government for the next generation so as to protect us from any more dastardly national programs. And, of course, ensuring that the standards of education, law, healthcare, infrastructure investment and other “big government” ideas are different from province to province is hard work. Eventually, Mr. Harper will have time to relax between board meetings at EnCana or Syncrude or the Canada West Foundation or the Fraser Institute, writing his memoirs, enjoying the fruits of his labour and looking down proudly as we “ordinary Canadians” learn to pull ourselves up by our individual, as opposed to collective, bootstraps and muddle through. Think small, Canada. Think Conservative.

  20. Didn’t we hear before that Harper hates campaigning and tires very easily?

    Lots of people love their jobs…does it mean they do well?

    He also has asthma….stress and tiredness takes its toll.

    He does’t look after himself well enough – he needs to get off his butt and exercise his lungs.

  21. Harper may be tired, but Liberal ideas are both old AND tired. Advantage Harper! :)

  22. If the platform is arriving soon, Harper may be recovering from a late-nighter, crossing t’s and dotting i’s.

  23. Even the most carefully applied make-up cannot hide the bags under those dead shark-eyes.

    I watched him at one of his photo opps recently, and the eyeliner was clearly evident, as was just a touch of lip tint.

    Narcissism thy name is steve.

  24. Yup. That was very small.

  25. So he loves “running the government”?

    Well, that explains why he’s the only one in his party that does it.

  26. Don Smith, you need an archeologist to find Harper’s ideas. Thanks to Bush, his whole formula for ‘governing’ has been discredited and displayed as an evil Robin Hood reversal. And while you still cling to the memories of the days of Ike and Dief, there’s a lot of proof about that shows that if we don’t act now our future will be short.
    But hey, we don’t need ideas; sweaters and tax credits for tots (at least those we’re not imprisoning) will save us!

  27. you need an archeologist to find Harper’s ideas. Thanks to Bush, his whole formula for ‘governing’

    blah, blah, blah.. Harper/Bush analogies are SOOOO lame and SOOOO 2006. Didn’t work then either, Dan.

  28. “I haven’t seen any pictures from today, but I’ve felt for some time that Harper should get a personal trainer and submit to his bidding 45 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be super-tough: maybe 25 minutes on a stat bike and 20 minutes stretching. And he can listen to a briefing while he’s pedalling. He’s in his late forties, and the shape he’s in, at risk of cardiovascular problems.”

    Seconded.

    That being said, I actually find it rather charming that the leaders of Canada’s two major parties have, at least, nerd-ish leanings. That we don’t pick our Prime Minister in a kind of nationwide popularity contest to find the coolest kid around. I think that says a lot, in a positive way, about our countries.

    It seems to be the head of government in most countries you need movie star looks, whereas our two contenders somewhat resemble Chunk and Data from The Goonies.

  29. Don’t get too self-congratulatory, Mike Moffat. I don’t know how old you are, but I’m old enough to remember Trudeaumania, and Bob Stanfield losing an election because he was photographed fumbling a baseball catch.

    I don’t think we’ve changed fundamentally since then – it’s just we don’t have any leaders with “charisma” right now.

  30. “Don’t get too self-congratulatory, Mike Moffat. I don’t know how old you are, but I’m old enough to remember Trudeaumania, and Bob Stanfield losing an election because he was photographed fumbling a baseball catch.”

    I’m old enough to remember it was a football catch.

    (Okay, I’m not really)

  31. Mike, care to stop by Kady’s blog (today’s Nanos poll) and comment on my analysis using your summary data from yesterday? Kody seems to have gone underground. I was surprised yesterday given your background that you appeared to be supporting somewhat Kody’s hypothesis of weekend bias.

    There is earlier background c mmentary on her Ekos blog earlier today

  32. Do those writing the cruel insults find themselves amusing? Just wondering what propels people to become so vile.

    Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, Harper has never shown a lack of energy and I’m usually shocked at how much he and some of his ministers can accomplish in a day. Anyone who does not show a little fatigue during a campaign would be someone who is not campaigning hard enough.

  33. Hey Dan
    Have you noticed all the blah, blah, blah… Harper is spewing trying to distance himself from his I hate the arts/cities/kids who need daycare/moms/Ontario/the media/anyone with a social or moral conscience or his own MPs if they disagree with him etc, etc, daily blunders – SOOOOO insincere and SF your comments are amusing because as a leader who has led the way in the most mean spirited and vile attack ads in Canadian history I think Harper can take a few.. or can he only give it……Wah Wah Wah

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