THE LAUGHS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR CANADIAN PRIMIEVAL MINISTER CONTINUE.
Our exalted one, the sheik of charades, the grand poobah of grandiose over-achievement, the political pariah who is Canada's equivalent of George W. Bush (remember him?), is not in the photo above.
We know that Prime Minister Stephen Harper WAS PRESENT at the G-20 Summit in London, unless they sent a life-sized plastic doll in his place. No one would have known the difference anyway.
But he somehow did NOT make it for the silly final photo-op that is customary at these gatherings, showing a bunch of politicians from 20 countries (we're not sure why 29 people are in the pic) smiling and being all lovey-dovey.
Read the story here: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090402/G20_harperphoto_090402/20090402/?hub=TorontoNewHome
For those of you inclined not to read the story, our illustrious PM, who's from Alberta (Canada's oil-rich and redneck equivalent of Bush's Texas) refuted initial reports that he was in the loo, saying he was meeting with officials or some B.S.
About an hour later, apparently, perhaps after having his afternoon nap or finally pushing out that last bit of Wednesday night's supper, Harper was afforded a second opportunity.
Below, U.S. President Barack Obama -- already 1,000 times more the politician and statesman and leader than Harper will ever be -- extended a handshake to the former right-wing policy wank who is our PM, welcoming him to the second photo-op his absence had forced.