|The president's gone, Mr. Harper. You can come out now.
Give the man his due, Stephen Harper towers over every other prime minister before him in how he has managed to embarrass himself, the office of prime minister and the country he supposedly represents on the world stage.
He was told, well in advance, not to push his luck by pressing Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline at the North American leaders' summit in Mexico. American officials were crystal clear on that, a plain warning to Harper not to make an ass of himself.
Undeterred by those warnings, Harper proceeded to make an ass of himself. Mr. "I won't take 'no' for an answer" pushed his luck and got 'no' for an answer.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was again rebuffed in his bid to press U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline when he raised the issue during a North American leaders’ summit in Toluca, Mexico.
Mr. Obama said he has no plans to hasten the process for making a decision. “Keystone will proceed along the path that’s already been set for it,” he said on Wednesday evening.
Wow, who could've guessed Obama would give our prime minister one upside the head over this? I suppose that'd be everybody. Then again, Harper had just come out of meetings with TransCanada, the pipeline operator, and had to follow his marching orders even if that meant making an ass out of himself.