Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Please Forgive Me

Harper says meeting Bono isn't his 'shtick'

Prime Minister Stephen Harper snubbed U2 singer and activist Bono at the G8 summit, saying he is too busy to discuss the African AIDS crisis with him.

"My priority here this week is to meet with other leaders," Harper told reporters in Heiligendamm, Germany, where the summit is being held.

"Meeting celebrities isn't my shtick," he added. "That was the shtick of the previous guy."

That was then. Now? Screw the hockey book, Harper seems keen on putting a band together.

Bryan Adams jams with Stephen Harper

OTTAWA—Jamming with Bryan Adams, hosting Chad Kroeger at 24 Sussex and getting an authentic Gene Simmons bass guitar shaped like a battle axe.


  • He likely passed up Bono because he did not feel like getting another lecture.

    By Anonymous DM, at 10:11 a.m.  

  • I question the judgment of anyone who picks Nickelback over U2...

    By Anonymous Deb, at 10:17 a.m.  

  • Isn't Wayne Gretzky a celebrity?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:18 a.m.  

  • Bono embarrassed Paul Martin.

    Fool me once shame on you;Fool me twice shame on me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:53 a.m.  

  • Bono demands Harper's attention at a G8 summit
    is the same as Adam's jammin' at 24 Sussex?

    Must be a slow Harper bashing day, the Libluvin Star had to dig into the archives,
    the jam session happened May 2.

    By Blogger wilson, at 11:59 a.m.  

  • Wilson - too funny from a person tht lives on archive material and spews all over the blogoshere.

    LOL - gawd you can be stupid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 p.m.  

  • "Meeting celebrities isn't my shtick," he added. "That was the shtick of the previous guy."

    Perhaps true.

    He would never skip out on a global conference so he could have a photo op with a celebrity Canadian athlete (and one who refuses to play for his own country at that) or two or three or four.

    Or carefully orchestrate a photo op with a celebrity musician or two or three.

    He's too busy for that kind of "sideshow" afterall. The economy is his one and only priority afterall. We know this because he told us so.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 12:21 p.m.  

  • I doubt the PM is asking Nickelback how to solve world hunger, or asking Gene Simmons how to spend Canadians' tax dollars.

    Being a popular singer doesn't make one an expert on foreign aid, although it can be very useful in fundraising from those so easily influenced.

    Quiz time: was Bono a registered lobbyist?

    By Blogger Paul, at 1:40 p.m.  

  • So you're saying Harper spends all this time with multiple celebrities, not because he is trying to do something useful and productive, but simply because he likes photo ops with them?

    I would agree with that.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 1:53 p.m.  

  • Bono is such a blowhard. I have no desire to meet with him either.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:08 p.m.  

  • Far be it for me to defend Harper, but if Bryan Adams were using his celebrity status to lobby the prime minister, then I'd see the hypocrisy. Especially if he wasn't even Canadian.

    As it stands ... I don't.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:12 a.m.  

  • Bono's a blowhard at times but he's well-intentioned... taking Nickelback over Bono or U2 is pretty lousy judgment! ;)

    By Anonymous Jacques Beau Verte, at 10:33 a.m.  

  • If Harper wanted to spend his considerable energy making crappy music that I don't listen to with the likes of Bryan Adams and Chad Kroeger, I would consider that a win.

    By Blogger saphorr, at 1:50 p.m.  

  • Bono is well-intentioned, sure, but that doesn't mean he should be dictating Canada's foreign policy: we have lifelong professionals in the public service to advise Government on such matters.

    And I think we can all allow the Prime Minister a couple hours on occasion to enjoy some concert or other pleasant diversion, and to snap a commemorative photograph or two. His work will always follow him wherever he goes; it doesn't seem too heavy a price to allow him a photo-op without calling it a bad thing.

    By Blogger Paul, at 5:23 p.m.  

  • Bryan Adams is The Web’s Most Wanted Bryan!
    (Check your score for your name too.)
    More raw data is here.
    Baby Names Alert.

    By Blogger Misha, at 10:24 a.m.  

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