I’m not sure about this Justin Trudeau guy. In some ways, he seems like a good progressive. I liked his diverse cabinet, but don’t know anything about them other than that they’re a diverse bunch. He’s been really good about welcoming refugees, which makes him popular around the world, but I’m sure there are people in Canada who aren’t happy about that, which makes me like him more. He does seem like a Hollywood Prime Minister. But, I seem to recall, his Dad sort of cultivated that image as well. So did JFK. In all fairness, if you’re super good looking like that, people are going to accuse you of being a Hollywood type whether you are or not, so might as well go with the flow.
On the other hand, he isn’t on the side of the good guys in the DAPL dispute, and I find it pretty hard to forgive him for that.
Now, my Canadian friends might be thinking “Hey, you’ve got some nerve criticizing our Prime Minister. I mean, look at the funny hairdo on the retarded man you Americans call Mr. President,” and they’d be right, but I’m getting to that, and it’s something that makes me like Trudeau a lot, even if he’s kind of a schmuck about the environment.
Recently, the press has noticed (because they were walking around blind for the past decade or so) that Trump has an obnoxiously aggressive way of shaking hands. Here he is with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiitQ-5_E_Y
And there are other examples. I’ve known people who shook hands like that, treating it as a test of dominance, and it irritates the hell out of me. According to people who knew him well, Lyndon Johnson used to be like that. It is not a good trait.
Well, long story short, Trudeau was ready for him, met the challenge head on, and out handshook the old son of a bitch.
Here’s the moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_TlMUb4kvA
I don’t know if he broke Trump’s confidence, or taught him a lesson, but he did put him on notice: don’t fuck with Canada.
The rest of the world’s leaders could learn a lot from Justin Trudeau.