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Look kids! I met the president!
I know everybody wants a piece of the Obama mania pie but it’s really enough already.
Although I had some reservations about the amount of time and money spent on a seven-hour visit by the U.S. President, I will admit I was excited to attend the press conference held here in Ottawa with him and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
But it’s time for the Six Degrees of Obama Separation game to end.
I got a flyer in my mailbox yesterday from NDP MP Paul Dewar. He is the MP for Ottawa Centre, the riding in which I live. (He also happens to be the brother of Bob Dewar, who works for the MGEU and used to be part of Gary Doer’s inner circle but that’s not really important.)
The flyer had the usual rants and policy information contained in the partisan mailings we all get from our MPs: anti-government if your MP is opposition, pro-government if they are on the government side. Not really informative but costing the taxpayer millions each year to print and send out so at least we kind of sort of know where our MPs stand and what they have been up to.
That is, if we don’t just throw the thing straight into the recycling box with the endless pizza-delivery flyers.
But the front page had a big photo of Dewar greeting Obama on Parliament Hill. I don’t remember why Dewar was one of the few allowed to greet Obama that day.
But I do know that the greeting had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the flyer’s contents, which focused on ripping apart the Conservative budget.
All the photo said to me was my MP was bragging that he got to meet Obama and hoping, perchance, our love affair with the new leader of the free world will rub off a bit on Dewar himself.
Paul Dewar is no more like Barack Obama than I am -- and no amount of photos taken of the two of them together will change that.
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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