Sunday, June 14, 2009

Notes from Two-Four

I went to the PM's garden party for the press gallery. A few observations, in no particular order:

Harper's dropped some more weight. He looks much more fit than he did four years ago. He also looks exhausted.

No one seemed to take election speculation seriously. I don't either.

The uniformed cops at 24 Sussex are great with kids who scrape their knees. Thanks, guys.

The house at 24 Sussex needs a lot of work. Even the patios are clapped out and uneven. The grass could also use some weed and feed.

Media people still take Harper seriously as an ongoing concern as PM. The number of media heavies who came in from Toronto was a testament to that. You don't bother if you think the guy is lame duck.

Even with unlimited free booze, the Ottawa crowd is not exactly full of yucks. Not a good town for people who don't like shop talk. Fortunately, I find it interesting, most of the time.

Whoever plans the parties at 24 Sussex knows what kids like. I suspect there's some input from the Harper kids, who are adorable.

The speculation that went around town a couple of weeks ago that the Harper marriage is on the rocks is pretty much debunked, unless Laureen Harper is fifty times the actress Margaret Trudeau ever was.

Speaking of Trudeau, old PET is the only PM who seems to have left a mark on 24 Sussex, from the dreadful public art-style lawn sculptures to the ugly above-ground swimming pool building that's showing obvious signs of dry rot.

Women should not go to garden parties in 3" heels. It's a wonder there weren't more injuries.

5 comments:

M.Y. said...

Aww, my mom spent a good amount of time in that house with uncle Mike and auntie Mimi. She was also hit on by Pierre Trudeau, she says, before he was married to Margaret. I've never been inside it though, just saw the outside when we were passing through one year.

Ottawa Watch said...

Trudeau was quite the busy fellow.

Marnie Evans said...

....ooooh I liked the tawdry bits about the Harper marriage... didn't know there was speculation about it being on the rocks. I guess any marriage would be shaky when one of the participants was PM.

Rachel Marsden said...

"The speculation that went around town a couple of weeks ago that the Harper marriage is on the rocks is pretty much debunked, unless Laureen Harper is fifty times the actress Margaret Trudeau ever was."

loooooool
so. were they making out?

Anonymous said...

Harper must rebuild his reputation: Flanagan

He [University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan] also warns that Mr. Harper's credibility is “getting tattered” after a string of reversals on policies – from income trusts to fixed election dates to equalization, creating a “widespread impression that [he] stands for nothing in particular, except winning and keeping power” in Ottawa.

“This is a major loss for a political leader ... once seen as a man of conviction. How long will voters continue to support someone who is thought to be mainly a cunning tactician, especially if a run of mistakes makes him seem not even particularly cunning?”

Prof. Flanagan says Tories must offer voters “more positive reasons” to support Mr. Harper next election instead of relying on the 2008 approach that included a modest platform and negative attack advertising and slogans such as “You're better off with Harper.”

“[Liberal Leader] Michael Ignatieff has his flaws and weak points but he should be a far tougher opponent than [St├ęphane] Dion.”