The surreal life

And while reports of sporadic violence continue to come in, the international media centre is filled with the image of the Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper at the Royal York for an interminable number of grip-and-grins with various visiting dignitaries. Smiles are being forced, small talk is being made, air kisses are being exchanged. Mrs. Harper is wearing a lovely floral-print dress, with matching purse. Mr. Harper is in a black suit, white shirt and red tie. Mrs. Harper has well mastered the right foot forward standing pose and seems to have perfected the photo op dance—she stands with her husband and the other first couple for a few shots, then steps back with the other spouse to allow the leaders a photo together.