Friday, February 20, 2009

Hope meets the Vast Emptiness: Obama meets Harper

Was I the only one watching Obama's visit yesterday who found themselves also visited by a morose melancholy? Was I the only one who looked at this one standing besides Harpo and thought: where did we go wrong?

Probably not.

In the grand sweepstakes spectacle of national leadership, it's clear we have been shafted.

As Buckdog noted, a Toronto Star poll of 1,500 Canadians revealed that 57% of us saw Obama as possessing "the qualities ... most valued in a leader. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was far behind with 14% ..." I am surprised Harpo even got 14%!

Guess that's called a 'base'?

1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of an editorial cartoon I saw last autumn, showing our three PM candidates as characters from the Wizard of Oz (I'll let you guess who was wishing for a heart, or courage etc.) alongside a cheerless-looking voter who was saying, "I wish I could vote for Obama".