Friday, September 7, 2007

The most narcissistic G-G in Canadian history?

In the first short section of this address by Michaëlle Jean printed in today’s Post there are no fewer than 25 self references ("I", "my", etc). Anyone who hadn’t turned off before the first dozen, would have by the next.

And while she was at it Jean just had to get in this bit of hogwash identifying herself with that other oppressed minority:

My African ancestors...just as thousands of First Nations people in this
part of the world were forced to be slaves on their own land.

Whenever I see press coverage involving our G-G - a trip to Africa or Haiti or whatever - I can’t escape the feeling that she sees her office primarily as a way of pursuing her personal genealogy project (in grand style) and relating her personal ‘story’.

Thank you Paul Martin, you a*se h*le fool!

13 comments:

Joanne (True Blue) said...

At least it's not the royal 'we'.

JR said...

Joanne, True. There's always a silver lining, no matter how thin.

Anonymous said...

It's always about "because I'm hot" Jean.

This isn't new, but the norm.

It's her artsy way of 'connecting' with various audiences to prove how she can relate to their plight because she too is/has been a victim, black, a woman, been marginalized, suffered, lived in poverty....

Read some of her other speeches.

Lemon said...

You forgot, she also married someone committed to the destruction of Canada - helps her connect to the pequistes.

Jon said...

"Most narcissistic?" She has some pretty stiff competition from her immediate predecessor.

Dave H. said...

And this was the abridged version! Can you imagine how nauseating the entire speech would have been. This woman is beyond belief--the first governor-general in over half a century for which knowledge of Canada is on-the-job training. The Francophonie makes it into most of her speeches, but the Commonwealth never. 2008 is not the annniversary of the French presence in North America, but the anniversary of the founding of Quebec (Jacques Cartier's first voyage was in 1534, more than 70 years before Champlain founded Quebec). Her reference to the natives being enslaved is a bit confusing. Is she referring to their enslavement by other natives? And finally, while she spent her childhood in Haiti, I seriously doubt she suffered much poverty. Her family had enough money to send her to school in Italy after all. I just hope that PM Harper is still in power when the time comes for him to recommend to the Queen a replacement for this nobody.

JR said...

Dave, Anon, Yes, Jean does like to portray herself as a victim - though from her bios it seems her family was part of the Haitian elite. And her subsequent years in Canada (and studying abroad) weren't too shabby either.

Jon, Dunno, maybe it's just me but Michaelle Jean makes me miss Clarkson as G-G (and I was no fan of hers either).

Lemon, Indeed. We have much to thank Paul Martin for.

Raphael Alexander said...

My fiscally conservative side would like to stage a coup d'etat of my socially conservative side and eradicate the office of the GG. Figurehead indeed.

Anonymous said...

Oh, we'll just ignore the fact that she's been one of warmest and best GG's we've ever had and has been able to connect really well.

If Harper had picked her you'd think she was wonderful.

Nothing else to bitch about?

Anonymous said...

Funny how it's always the talentless hacks who are particularly bitter and scathing when it comes to critiquing people who are more successful than they are. Why is that?

Really, Jr...it's childish. Grow up. Go write a sequel to The Fountainhead or something.

JR said...

Anon (8:09 AM), No doubt about it, she's a cute, warm, fuzzy narcissist (with a separatist husband). But that and CBC experience are far from sufficient to qualify her for the G-G job. Harper would NEVER have picked her, so you can forget about that hypothetical.

Anon (1:57 PM), Sharp rebuttal!

Craig said...

Why does the separatist husband matter to you? Your noble leader sleeps with Duceppe when he needs to.

JR said...

Craig, Sure for practical strategic reasons such as getting legislation through the house all parties do/would seek Bloc co-operation. This is hardly the same thing as sympathizing, schmoozing, boozing and back-slapping with separatist pals.