OTTAWA (CP) - He hasn't even been sworn in yet, but in a 22-minute heartbeat Thursday, Stephen Harper placed his stamp on the country's highest elected office.The hell? He shook her hand?
The title of prime minister "sounds good," Harper corrected a media questioner in his first news conference since being elected Monday....
Harper's stiff aura of power is more suited to high office than opposition glad-handing. This, after all, is a man who shakes the hand of his seven-year-old daughter for the news cameras when dropping the young sprite off at school.
He shook her hand???
Now, I know, some of you are already thinking we elected Prime Minister Lt. Commander Data. But in fairness to Stephen Harper, I can present evidence that Harper is in fact capable of showing emotion:
When I saw this picture a few weeks ago, I have to say I was really impressed. It was the first time that Harper came across at all as a human being to me. It surprised me that I hadn't seen the picture before, for that reason.
(Note also that I continue to build my case that more politicians should wear glasses. Not that I'm trying to push a self-serving agenda. Ahem.)
So here's the question: Was Harper-bot's emotion chip on the fritz, or does he have a hug-double for the photographers?