Is there anything sadder than a politician handling a beer related photo op timidly? To the left is German Chancellor Merkel draining a litre of beer as was noted here last September. A resounding affirmation of a cultural cornerstone. To the right, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper caught brilliantly on camera earlier today by Canada's Post Media group apparently attempting to drink Guinness while actually not drinking any Guinness. He displays all the zest of a kiss from your great aunt. An instant brilliant captured of a man who has worked hard to distance himself from this tepid image captured earlier in his political career.
Beer and politics, as we have noted before, is an essential part of the Canadian political scene even when, as is the case with Mr. Harper, you are not much of a drinker. Not much of one at all. Which is fine. Would it have not been better have the Finance Minister who was present at the event take a decent slug? At least, quit with the pursing of the lips stuff and learn to look like you are enjoying yourself. Take a lesson from the late Saint Jack in that respect. Or maybe he has. If you watch the video of the event, he's much more relaxed than his photo shows.