Tickle Trunk diplomacy


 

As our forefathers foretold, the North shall be controlled by he who stages the manliest of photo opportunities.

So shall it be Mr. Putin without his top?

Or Captain Harper preparing for takeoff?

(More of the Prime Minister on Arctic parade is available here.)


 

Tickle Trunk diplomacy

  1. Steve looks more like the Human Fly rather than a flyboy.

  2. Not NSFW tag?

  3. I went to… the danger zone

  4. Well, it's not quite as bad as Michael Dukakis wearing a tanker's Snoopy helmet. Nor is it in the same league as Jean Chretien's wearing the new-style CF helmet backwards.
    However, it does put on in mind of those Star Wars X-Wing pilots who served as cannon fodder during the run down the Death Star trench. Let's face it, Tom Cruise he ain't.

  5. Kudos to the Prime Minister for visiting our men and women in uniform serving aboard the HMCS Toronto. It was a nice gesture. If you look at the other photo of Harper inside the Sea King, you can see the soldier to his left snapping a photo of the PM as the helicopter takes off. Nice souvenir!

  6. Kudos to the Prime Minister for visiting our men and women in uniform serving aboard the HMCS Toronto. It was a nice gesture. If you look at the other photo of Harper inside the Sea King, you can see the crewman to his left snapping a photo of the PM as the helicopter takes off. Nice souvenir!

    • Yeah. That crewman will be giggling over that picture years from now.

      • Yeah. I'm sure the crewman thinks the helmet and flight gear looks hilarious, even though the crewman wears the exact same helmet and flight gear, every day.

        • I know I'd be thrilled were I a pilot watching a politician do a photo op donning gear it took me years to earn.

          • You nailed it, SW! Those pilots must get so jealous when they see their passengers wearing the safety equipment that everyone aboard a Sea King must wear. Good for you!

          • CR, you have my eternal admiration for trying to be reasonable with people who insist on, well, not…

          • These guys aren't very bright. I try to be patient.

          • These goons aren't very bright. I try to be patient.

    • He's so dreamy!

  7. Kudos for a photo op?

    The military is just a background prop for his re-election campaign.

    • Every so often, the Canadian prime minister will visit the Canadian armed forces. It's part of the job. Of course, it's predictable that whenever a PM does so (and this is true for every PM going back to Joe Clark) partisan hacks on the other side will whine that "it's just a photo op."

      • Thats a PMO photographer. Im pretty sure random helicopter crewmen dont carry around 3000 dollar SLR cameras with them.

        • Nonsense. Keeps it in his pocket.

        • Yeah, it's almost as if the helicopter crew knew in advance that they would be transporting the PM, and came prepared. I have no idea whether the flight-suited guy with his legs hanging over the edge is a photog or (more likely) a crewman documenting the visit. Who cares?

          • Why do you think it's more likely that he's a crewman, than photographer?

          • Because he's wearing regulation footwear, instead of boots.

          • You mean in the picture where his feet aren't visible?

          • No, genius. I mean in the picture where his foot is visible. Here:

            http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00

            I still can't believe we're even talking about this. As I said earlier, who cares?

          • Right. Same picture. If anything, it looks like he's wearing the same footwear that Harper is. We're talking about it because it amuses me when you get touchy about things, and for some reason you're bizarrely insistent that it's an crewman getting a souvenir.

          • for some reason you're bizarrely insistent that it's an crewman getting a souvenir.

            Yeah. As I told you three comments ago, "I have no idea whether the flight-suited guy with his legs hanging over the edge is a photog or (more likely) a crewman documenting the visit." You can't get much more "bizarrely insistent" than that.

      • You have a point. It is not just a photo op. At the same time, one cannot discount the fact that in honoring a nation's military, image and presentation are extremely important and most likely crafted and tuned. Otherwise, it can extremely backfire. Micheal Dukakis, albeit campaigning and manufacturing his own stunt at a tank factory, probably still serves as a cold warning to politicians in general wrt public visits that are military related. While a picture might be meaninglessly "goofy," it can quit surprisingly hurt public image. Nonetheless, The true test will see just to what extent the Harper government's work on the defense file connects with his image as a man strong on military. To be fair, one of the things I actually liked about him was his concern for the arctic, especially when Bill Graham in the past kept shrugging off sightings of random submarines with no national markings within Northwest Passage.

  8. Has anyone in the PMO mentioned to Harper that acting like George Bush (showing off his "manliness" by putting on a flight suit) doesn't exactly endear you to most Canadians? Apparently not.

  9. Aaron posting that picture and forcing Mr Green Legs to generate a positive comment about, well, thats just cruel.

    • Sorry Stewart, next time I'll try a comment that's more on your level. Something along the lines of "LOLZ, look at Harper wearing the funny looking helicopter flight suit, just like everyone else aboard the chopper! He's trying to be a manly man. Who does he think he is, GWB?"

      • All of that ballwashing you do ever tire you out?

        • "Ballwashing"? C'mon, SW, you're better than that. Actually, come to think of it, you're not.

          • It's a real shame you just can't admit when Harper looks / acts like a Weiner.

  10. Front page of the G&M today had the pic of Harper, etc in the arena where the floor had subsided wearing construction helmets. Someone should tell him he's not downunder, and it's not yet a construction site.

  11. Hate to tell you folks… if you're travelling on a CF helicopter, and you're instructed to wear particular safety equipment, you wear it.

    • …and the photographer unsuspectedly was using a telephoto.

      • And, of course, protection includes lipliner

      • Technical niggle but the lens is probably a zoom about 35-135 mm or so

  12. Harper looks right at home and pleased as a seal pup at a PETA convention in the whopper chopper – atta boy Stevie .. kind of strange to have a PM that actually looks the part kind of like Chretien too they both had the look of someone that you do not want to get in a scrap with. Excellent pictures I especially like the line of soldiers passing the Bay .. very well done … but really folks whats with the so called journalist who spend all day waiting for the wind to change so that he could get a zoom up on Stevies belly – I mean really – especially as it aint much of belly if you ask me – it doesn't even come close to mine although it probably earns him a few votes as canddains like their leaders to be real and not photoshopped abs!

    • "kind of strange to have a PM that actually looks the part"

      Prime ministers are commanders in chief now?

  13. If the prime minister wears more than one funny hat in public within a one-week period it means there will be an election.

    I'd say that Top Gun Harper coming right after Construction Steve means the Conservatives are fully dilated.

  14. I can't help but notice that no one's addressed the original question. Has there been one word about the photos of Putin without a shirt? Is that because everyone is appropriately intimidated by them?
    "Pleased as a seal pup at a PETA convention," is exactly how Harper looks in his photo, as in, quite pleased to be as protected, at least for the moment, from all that danger to which he hears others are sometimes subjected.
    Whereas Putin looks like at least some of the danger.

  15. Mission accompliished?
    Where's the Codpiece shot?

    Oops! almost one here. He's just not standing up,with hands on hips or strutting boldly.

    Please forgive me…

    Why didn't Steve fall out of the helicopter? He's a little moron.

    • Classy.

      • Thanks!
        If you liked that you'll love this…

        Caption for photo ..
        Ok pilot take me to Hans Island.
        I want to drop a log on a Dane!

  16. Looks like Truman Capote.