Monday, July 07, 2008

H-Dog! Wassssssup?

RUSUTSU, Japan — First it was "Yo, Blair," and now it's "Yo, Harper."

U.S. President George W. Bush's penchant for street slang was again on display on the first day of the Group of Eight summit in Japan. A televised feed of the event showed Bush casually wrapping an arm around Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua and calling for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attention.

"Yo, Harper. The president of Nigeria."

For the record, I don’t particularly care how Dubya addresses Stephen Harper. They can high five each other, hug, or do the secret neocon handshake, and it won't mean much to me. But, being in July, I guess this is what passes for political news.

I’ve been browsing a few wire reports on the story and I must say I did enjoy seeing the following descriptions applied to our PM by the international press:

“a rather stiff and shy figure”

“the somewhat wooden Canadian leader”

7 Comments:

  • The PM is also one who is not accustomed to be called "Steve, Stevie, or Stevo."

    By Blogger Mushroom, at 7:01 PM  

  • I guess you missed this one :

    "Of all the leaders, only Stephen Harper - the talented but curiously neglected Canadian prime minister - is able to point to a popular and successful record in office."

    By Blogger jad, at 7:33 PM  

  • i could see myself liking bush more...if he wasn't such a war monger and neo-con. i do like public servents that are down to earth and not so hung-up on class and status. but despite bush's playful and low-key personality it is greatly overshadowed by his woeful policy.

    as far as Harper's alleged "popular and successful record in office"...there is absolutely no poll to back that up. but maybe we shouldn't be too hard on the reporter...i'd say some crazy sh*t like that too if I had to fly half way around the world to cover a bunch of stuffy leaders. jet lag can make you say crazy things.

    By Anonymous rob c, at 11:03 PM  

  • I can see a'Yo!' for Chretien, but Harper seems to stiff and uptight for such a relaxed form of adress. Also,Steve is funny,simplybecausenomember ofthecanadianpublicwouldever dreamofreferringtoHarperrwithanickname. he's just notthe type.

    By Blogger Sophie, at 12:23 AM  

  • Too funny - Harper was called Steve in his younger years and even had Steve on his election signs.....what a plastic hypocrite.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:30 AM  

  • Who told you about the handshake?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:05 PM  

  • Maybe next Bush will use the terrorist fist jab.

    By Blogger Hardeep, at 8:40 AM  

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