I love the stories of history. It puts a human face on all the nuts and bolts and facts of statesmanship.
Thanks to Maureen Dowd, the great columnist on a great newspaper, the New York Times, we now know that inside the austere facade of the Canadian PM, there may be a glint of fun.
Dowd is writing about George W. Bush's book, Decision Points, which gives the ancedotal side of his eight years in the Oval Office.
Obviously W. had a great ghost writer and editor because the book is great and his administration was a costly disaster, sticking Obama with a tsunami of crises.
W. writes about a visit to Russia where Vladimir Putin shows him his black Labrador Koni. Putin bragged that Koni was "bigger, stronger and faster than Barney," which was W. pet.
Later W. is telling this story to Harper who drolly noted: "You're lucky he only showed you his dog."
Golly! Not only does Harper play the piano and write hockey history, he can also make a memorable quip to the most powerful man on earth.
Unfortunately, some of the readers won't know where Canada is.