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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:33 PM
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Harper's White House greeting an "unbelievable insult and snub": Beltway insider
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at the White House this morning for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian all-news networks were carrying the event live. On CTV News Channel, anchor Dan Matheson watched the incoming pictures with Mark Plotkin, the political commentator and analyst for WTOP Radio in Washington and a long-time Beltway insider. Here's my rough transcript of the conversation, as aired, between Plotkin and Matheson:


Matheson: Mr. Plotkin, I take it that it matters who greets you at the White House. I didn't see Barack Obama there as Stephen Harper was being ushered in.

Plotkin: I'm not being hyperbolic or inflammatory but I thought it was an unbelievable insult and snub. If you are - quote - important, the president comes out and greets you as you depart from the car and ushers you in.

I am supposed to know something about American politics, and believe me, I do not know who the woman was who greeted .

I tried to find out and I was told by the national security press advisor that supposedly that was the deputy chief of protocol, not the chief of protocol of the state department.

... I don't know if it was deliberate or accidental, but it surely was not a symbolic gesture of friendship and it was really, in my mind, demeaning.

http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2009/9/16/...
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When Obama looks at Harper, I think he sees a "birther/teabagger".



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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:47 PM
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1. Oh dear....
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 03:20 PM by Spazito
I am working, working really hard at not...........damn...........I'm losing......

Bwaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaa!

The petty side of me really hopes this is true as Mr. (I am the great I am) Harper IS a bush wanna-be and, as such, would merit such treatment but I suspect there is a more rational explanation as to what really happened. I am still going to very much enjoy the thought of this being true though, lol.
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ClusterFreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:55 PM
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2. If Harper be the food of snub....
...play on, President Obama.

Play on.

:smoke:
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:32 PM
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3. I'd typically be outraged, but, y'know, it's Harper... (nt)
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polly7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 03:44 PM
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4. It would have been even better if he'd sicced Bo on him. nt.
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-20-09 01:04 AM
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5. Can you blame Obama
after the stunt harper and his bunch pulled on him during the campaign, lying about the Nafta thing? Harper did not want Obama to win.
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