So what is it that makes a man boring? Might it be that his favourite sport is badminton? ...
The question arises because our allegedly dull Prime Minister is about to host the G20. It’s Stephen Harper’s biggest image test yet, and some seem to think that with him in the chair, the ennui will be unbearable for the other 19.
Can we imagine Coolidge hanging out with some of the big bands of his era, jamming in the back rooms of the White House with, say,
Hoagy Carmichael? Mr. Harper has recently had Bryan Adams and Nickelback over to 24 Sussex – and it wasn’t for talks on a new equalization formula. Rather, for live sessions (with Adams at least) with the Prime Minister at the keyboard. He’s got a music room set up for visiting virtuosos. Son Ben joins in with some wicked guitar playing.
This is the same father who was once pilloried in the media for a scene outside of his son’s school. He
shook Ben’s hand while dropping him off, which was said to typify the Harperian rigidity.