Skip to comments.It’a a no-brainer: Trade Harper for Obama? PM has the anointed one beat, hands down
Posted on 09/13/2012 11:22:58 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
A few of my American friends have been asking lately if they can trade Barack Obama for Stephen Harper. Given polling on Obamas popularity in Canada, most Canucks would likely take the deal but wed be fools for doing so.
From his reaction on the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa to his handling of the economy, Stephen Harper simply outshines Barack Obama whether Canadians realize it or not.
In an interview that aired on my television show Byline on Thursday night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed issues with a calm maturity that Americans must hope Obama develops before he drives them and their economy over the cliff.
Canadians have never felt all warm and fuzzy about Stephen Harper to the same degree and in as great a number as they do about Barack Obama. Obama is cool, Harper is cold. Obama is slick, Harper is not. Obama is a soaring orator, Harper can give a good speech, but hes never claimed he could heal the planet.
Yet for all of Obamas coolness he is hardly a man of substance and that is where Harper has the anointed one beat, hands down.
Where Obama talks about fixing the U.S. economy, Harper has actually taken steps to strengthen Canadas. The Canadian employment rate is 7.3% right now compared to 8.1% in the U.S., although as Harper himself and several economists have noted, if the Americans measured unemployment the same way we do they would be in the double digits.
I still argue the Harper government spends too much and should balance the budget sooner, a point on which Harper disagreed with me. Our first objective is not balancing the budget, our first objective is to make sure the Canadian economy keeps growing, Harper said.
Fair enough, thats a point we could debate. What cant be debated is that for all of Canadas economic problems, the U.S. is much worse off. The U.S. federal government debt is worth more than the entire U.S. economy and neither Obama nor his allies in the Senate, which the Democrats control, have passed a budget in three years.
Thats not serious stuff.
Harper is also outshining Obama when it comes to foreign policy.
The Obama administrations first reaction to the attack on their embassy in Cairo was to apologize for any hurt feelings Muslims may have had to a made-in-California movie with a negative portrayal of Mohammed.
Even after the White House backed away from that, Obama gave the idea that the riots sweeping the region are driven by a YouTube video few had seen, and he did so as he read a statement on the death of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
Obama has been effusive about the so-called Arab Spring from the get-go and thought his good wishes could sweep away dictators and bring about liberal democracies in a region that has never experienced that form of government.
One should be very cautious about our expectations, Harper said Thursday. Mob rule is not democracy and just because there is a popular overthrow of a dictator does not mean the next regime will be based on democratic norms.
Comparing the two men based on their actions and not their words can only lead to the conclusion that when Harper and Obama meet, Harper is the adult in the room.
Trading Harper for Obama wouldnt be good for Canada, but it might be good for the rest of the world.
Trading Assad for Obama would be a good deal.
I would take Harper in a heartbeat!
Harper beats both Obama and Mitt
No trade, We will need Harper here in Canada when the EU and the USA both go bankrupt.
We realize that you might need Harper more than us, so we are willing to make a deal. We won’t take Obama, not even 100 Obamas’. But we might be willing to take Paul Ryan or Rand Paul off your hands.
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If we are going to have a President who is not a Natural Born Citizen, I will take Stephen Harper over Barak Obama in a New York minute.
I’d trade Obama, Romney, and two RINOs to be named later in exchange for Harper
uh, uh. He’s our’n, and were keeping him. Hands off!
Canadians like Obama because Canadians are ill-informed. Whatever they hear on the CBC is what they believe. They frustrate the daylights out of me.
Hell, at this point I'd trade Harpo for Obama.
The horn might get annoying, but at least he wouldn't be constantly running off at the mouth!
An economist and a corporate turnaround specialist. No "community organizers", or "constitutional lawyers", or "social workers". Summit conferences will end with smiles all around as like minded men discuss paths to growth. Wouldn't that be nice?
And in addition,every Canadian gets free accommodations at the Florida resort of their choice for the entire month of January...every year!
Just give us the month in Florida, leave out the rest, and you *might* have a deal after we’re done with him.
Although Harper is definitely not Trudeau or Chretien, he is definitely no “conservative”. He is more a RINO and a Globalist than a conservative
I would take Czech Rep President Vaclav Klaus instead
True, but compared to his predecessors and the current crop of EU leaders he’s almost a Goldwater. He’s moving the country in the right direction but he has to be careful; Big Government can’t be undone overnight.