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.