Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Huggable Mr. Ignatieff

Well, given the way it's going they may be old enough to vote by the time the next election rolls around...

27 Comments:

  • OH MY GOODNESS!!!

    Has the Liberal Party sunk that low in Canadian politics when Iggy has to dress up like Mr. Rogers to get a photo op?

    Its almost painful to watch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:18 PM  

  • I'd ask the same for Mr. Harper and his sweater vests, 'Anonymous'.

    By Anonymous Kyle H, at 6:28 PM  

  • If Iggy does not change tactics soon, by the time those kids are old enough to vote he wont even be a side note in Canadian history.

    By Blogger austin, at 6:36 PM  

  • LOL - the green eyed monsters are really playing havoc with the Con trolls - too funny.

    Jealousy's a bitch isn't it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 PM  

  • Well "Kyle H", if by extension you're willing to acknowledge that Harper looked like a fool for the same stunt, it doesn't look so good on Iggy, does it?

    This is about as sponataneous as wet wood, and about as contrived. Are you guys THAT desperate for a hot photo op after Harper hit one out of the park with his pianao playing?

    By Anonymous Michael Harkov, at 6:45 PM  

  • The kids went to him, like it or not. It was natural, like it or not.

    Grow up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:59 PM  

  • This is about as sponataneous as wet wood, and about as contrived. Are you guys THAT desperate for a hot photo op after Harper hit one out of the park with his pianao playing?

    Yeah, Iggy should do less photo-ops and be more spontaneous, like, you know, playing the piano with Yo Yo Ma.

    Shesh. Is it so hard to admit that a bunch of todlers hugging the guy at least looks good?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 7:01 PM  

  • Well 'Michael Harkov', I never acknowledged that Mr. Harper looked like a fool for that stunt, but nice try.

    And I would think about your little 'pianao' playing some more. Why was that successful for Harper, while sweater vests weren't? Its because Harper didn't seem out of his comfort zone when he was playing the piano - he did with the sweater vests and kittens.

    Now, look at that video again. Does Ignatieff look out of his element? No - he seems comfortable and happy, and whether or not it was spontaneous doesn't matter. He comes off well, and that is what will matter, because that is the impact.

    So, back up, and try again, Mr. Harkov.

    By Anonymous Kyle H, at 7:53 PM  

  • "Now, look at that video again. Does Ignatieff look out of his element?"

    Unless his element is a Mr. Rogers look-alike yes he does.

    By Blogger austin, at 8:35 PM  

  • Are you kidding? He looks like Stanfield hugging a football!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:37 PM  

  • I disagree. Ignatieff looks completely comfortable in this setting, and if this was a spontaneous event, then it goes to show that he is comfortable in this situation even if not prepared before hand.

    Maybe you just don't like Mr. Ignatieff. I don't know, nor do I care - but your Mr. Roger's insults are fairly ignorant of the fact that this seems a comfortable, pleasant setting that Ignatieff pulled off perfectly. Just accept it - Iggy maybe isn't as scary as Harper.

    By Anonymous Kyle H, at 8:41 PM  

  • It was no piano show. Just accept it.

    By Blogger austin, at 8:51 PM  

  • Oh wow he read a book to children that he "pulled of perfectly". Look out Harper here comes Mr. Rogers oops I mean Iggy.

    By Blogger austin, at 8:54 PM  

  • Ignatieff looks completely comfortable in this setting, and if this was a spontaneous event, then it goes to show that he is comfortable in this situation even if not prepared before hand.

    Looking comfortable with kids isn't exactly a super human quality. Seriously, how low is the bar for this guy?

    By Blogger McLea, at 9:07 PM  

  • Some are missing the point here; it might have been a minor event, and I never stated that this would turn around the polls and send Ignatieff flying off into the PMO on popular support. But this tiny little example here of something Ignatieff pulled off quite well, but some would rather ridicule than accept it.

    And I have no idea why someone would claim I need to get over Harper's piano playing - when did I say I wasn't? In fact, what did I say that was against it?

    Is this how some Conservative apologists get their kicks? By attacking on things that others don't actually say?

    By Anonymous Kyle H, at 9:15 PM  

  • Are you talking about my comment?

    By Blogger austin, at 9:22 PM  

  • In true Iggy style, he was in front of a green screen and the kids were dubbed in after he left. It was either that or the forest.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 PM  

  • What about his own kids that he abandoned when they were 8years old and 11 years old??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:59 PM  

  • Nah, Liberals told the kids that if they Hugged Iggy he'd give them ice cream.

    By Anonymous tory spin dr., at 10:22 PM  

  • Is this photo taken at the same day care where the other photos showed the kids ignoring him completely and he had a pained look while reading said book.
    Anyone can hug a kid and look good.

    By Blogger maryT, at 12:16 AM  

  • Seriously? This is the level of political discourse people are engaging in? Whether or not this staged event or that staged event will help someone in the polls? Gimme a break!

    "Kissing hands" and "shaking babies" is part of the job, it's really no big deal for Liberals or Conservatives or NDP, etc. To conflate it to indications of popular support is totally ridiculous.

    All parties would do better if they facilitated reasoned discourse by actually presenting coherent policy platforms and positions rather than engaging in mandate-long p.r. exercises that just trivialize politics.

    By Blogger Party of One, at 6:50 AM  

  • Hello out there in wingnut land - Harper isn't the only guy who's a father. Ignatieff, Layton are fathers and May is a mother - why in hell wouldn't they be comfortable with kids.

    The childish responses show a complete and utter stupidity.

    See Iggy with the kids and Layton with his new grandaughter...natural as hell - and they didn't shake hands with kids. They hugged them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 AM  

  • Wingnut comments is right. Iggy's visit to the daycare centre would surely have been to highlight his announcement that the LPC will support national daycare when they're back in gov't. again. He'll have more than little kids hugging him when a decent daycare plan becomes reality.

    By Blogger Maudie Bones, at 1:17 PM  

  • Yaay for Mr. Ignatieff: he's able to impress the impressionable. Well, at least two or three of them anyway. His Caucus knows him a whole lot better, and you don't see them hugging him.

    But that isn't really the story, is it? The story is that he's reversed himself yet again on the need to immediately hold another election: the Conservative Government is now good enough for him to allow (it) to stay in power a while longer.

    If he were to hug his caucus, would he have to take it back the following week?

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 5:57 PM  

  • Yes Paul O, caucus is firmly behind him even though they are permitted to think for themselves (unlike the Conservative or NDP trained seals). I, for one, am glad to see him "be himself." This is the guy I watched at the 2005 leadership convention: genuine, honest, and compassionate. Let's have less formal presentations and more speaking from the heart please.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 PM  

  • It's nice to see that Ignatieff has patched things up with Coderre.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 5:09 AM  

  • What did he do with his own kids? Oh, right.

    By Anonymous Peter Jay, at 10:45 PM  

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