At one point during last night's opening ceremonies the camera lingered briefly on Stephen Harper.
And he looked so uncomfortable I thought he was going to come flying out of the rafters shouting "Hey hey don't forget it's all about ME !!!
He looked so jealous the Governor General got to do EVERYTHING, while he just stood there, for one horrible moment I thought he was going to prorogue her.
And although I thought the show was AWESOME.
The snowboarder barreling down the mountain and into the stadium. Our beautiful First Nations in all their glory. The gorgeous colours, and the amazing special effects. The gay bad boy Ashley McIsaac fiddling away wildly, the orca under the floor, the flying farm boy soaring over the golden prairies. And of course the lesbian queen K.D. Lang singing like only she can.
It was so wonderfully Canadian, gentle, different and creative, I loved every minute of it.
And so did a lot of Americans.
Indeed, the most memorable moments of the opening ceremonies came when Canada felt perhaps most unfamiliar. Fiddlers dressed like Hells Angels? Weary white-clad travelers walking across the snowy tundra? The aurora borealis come to earth?
No one will be mistaking that for America. It was, in the spirit of the national anthem, “the true north strong and free.”
On Friday night, however, Canada gave the world a sneak peek of a world with a lot more Canada.
And it was quite pleasant.
But I bet Great Ugly Leader must have HATED it because those are not his kind of Canadian values.
He was no doubt hoping the show would celebrate his ugly Con ones. Canada as a Warrior Nation. With a pig on a tank. And an oil rig on wheels.
No doubt hoping that it would be his Nuremberg moment that would help him get the majority he craves soooooo much.
But sadly for him the reviews of his Please Love Me Tour of B.C. have been brutal.
When reporters are kept at arm's length from the PM, you get quotes like these, from the PMO:
Harper said: "The Year of the Tiger holds great promise for Canada."
"My wife Laureen and I look forward to seeing Canada's vibrant Chinese community marking the Lunar New Year with colourful festivities across the country."
You get the picture.
Yup. We do. The monster is desperate.
And a dictator, is a dictator, is a dictator.
So all I can say is buzz off you flying
Vancouver you were BRILLIANT.
And play it again K.D....