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Ordinary people


 

Granted, “ordinary people” may not see much in this, but here’s the Prime Minister making like Ringo Starr with Yo-Yo Ma.

The full performance is here.

See previously: Lennon, McCartney, Harper.


 

Ordinary people

  1. Horrible!
    And I bet it's filled with rich people.

  2. He's pretty good on the piano. Very cool.

    I fail to see Wherry's attempted link – the PM was not paid for this, and additionally I don't think Yo Yo Ma needs Canadian tax dollars to earn a living, he does quite well on his own.

    • On the contrary, Harper's a hypocrite – just like 100% of the rest of humanity. Only i doubt he'd agree with my statement, so that throws the math off a little…but you get my point!

  3. He's pretty good on the piano. Very cool.

    I fail to see Wherry's attempted link – the PM was not paid for this, and additionally I don't think Yo Yo Ma needs Canadian tax dollars to earn a living, he does quite well on his won.

  4. Us ordinary folk have no problem with good artists having an artsy gala as long as they don't force us to pay for it.

  5. Us ordinary folk have no problem with good artists having artsy galas as long as they don't force us to pay for it.

  6. Us ordinary folk have no problem with good artists having an artsy, ritzy gala as long as they don't force us to pay for it.

    Which leads me to suggest that unless this Harper-as-Ringo gig served some purpose other than a CPC photo-op it had better not have been on the taxpayer's dime.

    • We. We ordinary folk have no problem. Not us.

      But total thumbs-up on the overall gist.

      • Us. No ordinary dude says "We ordinary guys" unless he wants to get a wedgie.

      • Us. No ordinary dude says "We ordinary guys" unless he wants to get a wedgie.

        It was all I could do to use the words "artsy" and "gala" in the same post without being seen by my mates.

      • Us. No ordinary dude says "We ordinary guys" unless he wants to get a wedgie.

        It was all I could do to use the words "artsy" and "gala" in the same post.

      • Us. No ordinary dude says "We ordinary guys" unless he wants to get a wedgie.

        It was all I could do to use the words "artsy" and "gala" in the same post. My testosterone level is already falling in consequence.

        • Dude. Yo-Yo Ma's in the room. Please use proper grammar, hide the cheesies, and tuck in your shirt. Check that: please put on a shirt…

          ;)

          • A shirt? That's like a hunting vest, but with sleeves or something, right?

          • We're in kind of a hurry, here, so that'll have to do. Did you lick the cheesie-dust off your fingers? Mr. Ma is approaching the handshake line. Hurry up, G!

          • ok, ok. *dumps beer into soupbowl, washes fingers….drinks beer* Lead the way.

          • ok, ok. *dumps beer into soupbowl, washes fingers….drinks beer*
            Lead the way.

          • ok, ok. *dumps beer into soupbowl, dips fingers….drinks beer*
            Lead the way.

          • ok, ok. *dumps beer into soupbowl, dips fingers….drinks cheesie-flavoured beer*
            Lead the way.

  7. This is absolutely brilliant. If we see more of the same from Harper, he will be in majority territory.

    • Oh so true

    • Harper has definitely got his mojo back.

      • *snort*

        • When you include the Olympic logo copy, what a few days!

      • Harper has definitely got his mojo <del>back</del>

  8. People can say what they want about Stephen Harper but no one can say the man doesn't have cojones.

    • Harper rocks!! Loved the video.

    • Extremely extremely impressive. Both his performance, and the political capital earned by using this opportunity to distance himself from his comments last year.

    • To the victor go the spoils . Congratulations Prime Minister Stephen Harper . No More Northern welfare State . No more surplus with which to start new National programs . The top 10 % appear to have carried the day . Us bottom 90 % er's taxes will all go to the borrowing market in the next fiscal year as the Republican / Conservative spending spree bill comes due ?

      Hiding the $ 13 billion stimulus this year in with the interest payments on 8 gallon to the mile heavy lift C130's or $ 4 billion advance fighter purchase is true genius .

  9. That was really kind of awesome. I wish he could do something with his hair–he still LOOKED as much of a freaky control freak as usual, but it is fabulous to know he has a bit of rock star personality in there somewhere. And he wasn't bad at all!

    Thanks, Aaron.

  10. He was actually very good, and as a female, I got a tingle up my leg! The guy is sexy.

    • I second that tingle!!

      • Okay, you guys took a light moment with Canada's Prime Minister and turned it into hero-worship at its most perverse and creepy. Way to ruin the small bit of pride I had in Harper.

        • LOL ,
          pride in your Prime Minister you expressed by posting
          'he still LOOKED as much of a freaky control freak as usual'
          yah. right.

          Tom Clark, PMSH gets #1 star of the week.

          • Right on #1 star of the week on Power Play!

  11. FYI, Ringo played the drums, Paul played piano. What, no editor on call over the weekend?

    Brilliant performance. I suspect Iggy is scrambling to arrange crash course piano lessons. This might take some time, so if a snap election were to be called, perhaps K-boy can teach him rudimetary punk rock skills. Barring that, I think Paul Martin's air guitar might be available.

    • You do know that Ringo was the singer of that Beatles song?

      • You got it Jim. Its a rarity to have Ringo do lead vocals, but it happened.

      • Yes, I do.

  12. What's not to like? Impressive, FUN, talented, creative and as a pianist myself, this side of the PM that I already knew existed, is enchanting.
    I'm in LOVE…..with his mind of course!

  13. Lighten up, Jenn! The ladies are only having a little fun with this.

    • They're making women looks stupid.

  14. Stephen Harper is like a lot of Canadian men, plays a little piano, loves hockey, great family man and takes pride in getting the job done. Thanks for choosing to lead our country as your job number one! Bravo

  15. Coming soon…Question Period, the musical

    • Now that could get more people interested in politics : )

  16. So cool!!!!!

  17. Good Lord! It was great fun, impressive even in a non-mean-streak way, but this thread is looking a lot like Teen Beat magazine when Donny Osmond was on the cover.

    Does Teen Beat magazine still exist?

    • It's Harpermania!! Actually nice to see the guy does park it and let down his hair [ maybe not ]He was pretty good. I'm still in shock!
      One phrase i never expected to hear pass the lips of SH, the phrase: " i get high with a little help from my friend"…unfreaking real. Ok! Who the hell was that out there impersonating Harper?
      Bob Rae…i hope you're warming up in the wings.

    • just wait until you see him on Dancing with the Stars……

      • Now that I'd pay to see!!!

        • A duet with Jumbo deficit Flaherty. ' Blue skys. nothing but blue skys, do i see…'

    • I'm fairly certain that it's the same person posting under multiple aliases.

      • Who's a what now?

  18. Aww, that's cute. I like moments when Harper gets to act like a real person.

  19. Nice little riff, certainly explains why he hasn't finished that hockey book by now. His attempt at channelling Bill Clinton-on-Arsenio may be possible, especially since the sweater-dude never caught on.
    Kinda makes the swift-boating of Ignatieff almost understandable, now.

    • The "swift-boating of Ignatieff"? Too funny, Dan. I can always tell when you've just smoked a joint ;-)

      • Maybe he's getting high with a little help from his friends

  20. So does this mean Harper's changed his position on marijuana prohibition?

    • Heh. I hope so. Lord Bob is in desperate need of some weed, and I don't think the Beatles were referring to an 'endorphin high' when they crafted those lyrics.

      • Just curious..Heh. I hope so. for Lord Bob's sake or for real?

        • Both. I oppose marijuana prohibition.

          • Have you spoken with your MP? If so, how were your thoughts received?

    • Free Marc Emery!

  21. Was that Paul Wells as cameraman and with the Ringo joke at 1:08? The voice has that ring to it. But, ahem, this was a Beatles tune…

  22. "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?"

    — Ringo Starr

  23. Wow. Bravo!
    He seemed so… human.

    He should keep this up. Show some personality now and then Harper, people may start to like you more.

  24. Does Harper even know that this song's about doing drugs, and if he does, has he all but given up on his base :-)

    This is a song about rebellion. I'm having a hard time picturing Harper as a rebel. Angry, yes, but not rebellious surely.

    • I assume Harper meant it as a joke about minority governments.

    • The rebel in him caused PMSH to throw away his black tie, at a black tie event!

  25. The wonderful thing about it is that he played a pop tune. The fans at the arts gala went wild for a pop tune. For the song that the sort of ordinary people who'd never go to an arts gala would cheer for.

    • Objection! Reverse snobbery!

      • Overruled.

  26. They are so unbelievably brilliant in Giornoland. This takes the negatives from swift boatying Ignatieff off the table and could seal the deal for Harper. They'll do anything.

    • It was Laureen Harper's idea, she is chairwomen of the event. Giornoland was 'nail bitingly' nervous about the event.

      • How many hours of rehearsal? Yo Yo does not come cheap.

  27. I dunno – piano players tend not to succeed politically (Harry Truman had very low poll numbers upon leaving office as did Nixon)…
    eg.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCsGSMze_6Q

    • Sorry Truman one of the greatest Presidents in American history. Didn't worry about polls.

  28. Tories are cool, eh Aaron?

  29. A PM that we can be proud of! GO HARPER GO!