February 20, 2009

Which of these doesn't belong?

After watching all the footage of Obama's visit yesterday, it's hard not to think that:

1) There are a lot of expectations on him and in turn he must be feeling a lot of pressure; and

2) He comes across as someone able to handle all that pressure with ease and a dash of coolness.

However for me, every time I saw Obama standing next to Harper, the two of them waving at the crowds, something or more specifically, someone, looked out of place. And it definitely wasn't Obama. Unfortunately, Harper looked like just some dork that was hanging out with the new president.

It's like one of those moments where a sports team has just won a championship, on the last play, made by the star of the team. The crowd is cheering the heroics and everyone wants a piece of the hero. Then, the just-arrived from the minors, who can't be named by a single fan, who didn't once see any action, jumps off the bench and waves and cries at the crowd like he made the big play to win it all or is the closest friend of the star.

Standing next to Obama, that was Harper yesterday. He was the 'nobody' trying to bask in some of the glory and steal a moment of spotlight without ever contributing to the moment. The reality is at best he was just 'that Canadian Prime Minister guy' and at worst, which is likely closer to the truth, he was just another guy waving back at a crowd that didn't even notice him there and were waving at the star next to him.



roblaw said...

Who are you trying to convince - your readers or yourself? Even the Toronto Star was complimentary regarding Harper's conduct of the visit - and the reality is that forging a common front with Obama on domestic and foreign issues will resonate strongly with the huge middle.

But, hey, "A" for effort!

Kyle said...

Obviously you didn't actually read my post.

I didn't say anything about how constructive or not their meetings were. In fact, I didn't talk about their meetings at all.

Neither did I talk about Harper's conduct during those meetings. I specifically talked about the images and videos of the two of them in front of the crowds.

At those points, it's obvious who the crowd was cheering for and his name wasn't Stephen. But Steve waved back and smiled all jolly-like anyway and from that perspective he looked out of place.

Classic case of being defensive before even receiving the context.

roblaw said...

Hmm.. ok, well, I see your point.

Though, I suppose it could have been worse, he could have just taken a snapshot of himself standing next to Obama and then paid someone to put it on a billboard..


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