So costumes are the biggest take away for you from this gong show? Sorry no. Bird_Gunner is correct. it detracts from the more serious issue of screwing up relations with a potential trading partner not to mention a serious security breach and error in judgement.
But some people just want to chew on the bone that is thrown at them rather than the actual meat they are trying to hide.
Sigh. I guess I should have provided more detail on my thoughts. I will attempt to rectify that now.
In his rebuttal, BG45 claims to be making no comparisons. In order for me to validate his statement “let’s not pretend he was the first PM to dress up”, I have to compare PM Trudeau’s performance to that of his predecessors. BG45 then provides examples to assist in making a comparison. I’m a thumperhead, so maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t know what else to call it other than a comparison. I wanted see if BG45’s examples supported his point of view. This is where I have the problem. The photos he posted are without context and that makes them pretty much meaningless. I attempted to put them into context by providing the links and after doing so I felt that the representations in the photos didn’t qualify as “dressing up” or “costume wearing” (this is the point I was trying to make). Here’s why:
In the first image, PM Harper is seen wearing a ceremonial headdress. This was no doubt given to him as an honour from the Blood Tribe. To put it in soldier terms, it would be like being presented the MMM at Rideau Hall by the GG. To categorize it as “dress up” is in my mind, being insensitive to First Nations culture. IMHO, it is not dress up.
In the second series of images, there is one image of PM Harper wearing headdress and a business suit. I wasn’t there and so I do not know the circumstances. However, I can surmise that he was asked by his hosts to wear the headdress or he was advised by his staff that wearing it was the appropriate cultural or religious custom for the circumstance. I could be wrong. If so, I still don’t see wearing this one cultural item as dressing up.
In the third image, PM Harper is dressed in cowboy attire to attend the Calgary Stampede. PM Harper is from Calgary. His riding was in Calgary. The Calgary Stampede is a big deal to Calgarians. Dressing in cowboy attire to attend Stampede functions is the custom for many Calgarians. It would be like an Indian in India dressing up for an Indian wedding in Indian clothes. So maybe this image does in some way support BG45’s assertion, but I feel if it does, the support is on pretty shaky ground.
"So costumes are the biggest take away for you from this gong show?"
I don’t know where you are getting that from. I never said that. If you want to know my feelings on it, here they are. The “costumes” are all part and parcel of the whole debacle. They are not a separate entity. The perceived snub, the dress up, the photo ops, the lack of a meaningful workload, the terrorist sympathizer/convicted attempted murderer invite, the Canadian history flub, the blaming of the Indian government… did I miss anything? It all contributed to this fiasco. And no, I'm not chewing any bones here.
Anyways, I’m starting to ramble so I will end it here. I hope I made myself better understood.