‘going back to the old ways is not going to work’

President Barack Obama speaks about Egypt during his joint news conference with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington

The text of the President’s comments on Egypt

18 Responses to “‘going back to the old ways is not going to work’”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    February 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I think my favorite VP says it best:
    He’s got a backbone like a ramrod, a brain bigger than his skull and a heart that keeps on beating”

  2. 2 ari
    February 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    how weird my comment didn’t post. I was commenting on how they are dressed Similarly

  3. 3 Theo67
    February 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    That first picture is fierce. Looks like someone was being stupid, and the President was doing all he could to avoid telling them point blank that they are an idiot.

    • February 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      It’s those dark eyes, Theo! My mother had very dark eyes and when she gave me “the look,” for instance, across the dinner table, I knew to shut up immediately.

      I would not like to be a reporter who, having asked a stupid question, was on the receiving end of that look!

      • 5 Sue in Minnesota
        February 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

        Oh Gosh Joan, my Mom has soft brown eyes, but when she was upset, they became very, very dark brown. My Mom was patient and loving and not easily angered, but when she was, she had fire in her eyes. Withering, and commanding an immediate response. I can completely relate to your story.

        When she meant business, she would call me by my given name, which nobody used, except my Norwegian Granny whose Scandinavian accent seemed to transform it into something far more gentle and endearing. To this day I prefer not to be called Susan, unless of course, you say it with a Scandinavian accent.

  4. 6 majii
    February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I noticed how intently Harper is looking at our president, and I can imagine him thinking to himself, “Wow, this guy is smarter than I thought he was!”

  5. 9 VC prezOfan2
    February 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    My comment didn’t post either!!! I was hoping that some of Prez O’s sincerity and warmth would rub off onto Prime Minister (cardboard)Harper.

    • 10 Dorothy Rissman
      February 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

      Well, he is cardboard. Stuffy Harper is correct. I suspect that he really like the Shrub. Not too smart, so Harper could feel superior.

      • 11 VC prezOfan2
        February 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        re the Shrub, I suspected the same, and felt my suspicions confirmed when Prez O visited him shortly after his election. Harper was so stiff. Can’t wait to say ‘bye bye’ to that one.

  6. February 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve always advocated children, starting in the very early grades, should have a good grasp of Spanish. My youngest grandson, 14, has given, in fact, an illustrated talk on his grandparents and their small farm — all in Spanish. He started Spanish in elementary school.

    But after listening to PM Harper, it seems that our children should also have a good grasp of Canadian French. I could follow PM Harper here and there when he was speaking in Canadian French, but it’s been a long time since my own college French classes and, besides, I didn’t start learning French until my thirties.

    We know that languages come easiest and stay most alive when children are taught them at an early age, but I was focused more on Spanish. I forgot completely that we have a neighbor to our north using a completely different language. And a beautiful one.

    I wonder if children in the New England states learn French in the early grades. Does anyone know?

    • 13 VC prezOfan2
      February 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

      I remember being out in a corner of New Brunswick, Canada in a little French village, St Francois de Madawaska, in the 70’s, right across the border from a village in Maine. The village had a K-Mart, or Kresge/Woolworth (can’t remember), so I’d go over there to shop and everyone I met spoke both Cdn. French and English. Don’t know if the children learned it in school or if they just picked it up in their daily living though.

      • 14 VC prezOfan2
        February 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        Did Harper speak in French at this press conference(I missed HIS comments)? Why? Was he in a French-speaking part of America? Ugh!

        • 15 ari
          February 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

          no he spoke French and English. Canada is bilingual, also one of the reporters (Canadian) asked him to speak in French

        • February 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

          VC!! President Obama spoke only English on his visit to Canada, so you can’t blame PM Harper for speaking both his country’s languages on his visit to the US!!

          • 17 VC prezOfan2
            February 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

            I guess so.

            Ari & C, Harper’s arrogance, aloofness and lack of transparency bring out the irrational in me. I feel better hearing that he was asked by a reporter to respond in French, for the French channels, I guess. [full disclosure – he is the prime minister of my country. (Sigh!) If I could write that in extra fine font I would.]

            • 18 Theo67
              February 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

              I know how you feel – I live in the US, but my sister lives in Canada (we’re Canadian). Looks like Harper is not much better than Bush.

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