Isn’t terrific that we have a prime minister who doesn’t take himself too seriously? At the National Arts Centre on Saturday night, Stephen Harper was playing a Beatles song backed by Yo-Yo Ma no less. And he did just fine—better than most would have guessed.
According to John Ivison of the National Post, the consensus at the National Arts Centre was that PM Harper’s surprise appearance and rendition of the Beatles’ 1967 classic, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” at the annual NAC gala was a political masterstroke. As Ivison stated:
“This is not a man who puts himself ‘out there’ and it must have taken considerable guts to have stepped onto a stage with one of the greatest musicians of our time.”
Few, if fair-minded, would argue that our prime minister lacks courage. Oh, they’ll be many who will ascribe the basest of motives to both him and Mrs. Harper, the gala’s honourary chair, who pushed the idea. But my guess is that ordinary Canadians will love this as much as I did.
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