I like to read the New York Times online in the morning. I get an email telling me the major headlines for the day and I click on the ones that look interesting to see the article in full. So today, I clicked on "World Leaders Agree to Delay a Deal on Climate Change" thinking, Well, that's typical! So what else is new?
The article opens up and I see this photo directly beneath the heading:
I swear, the first thing I thought was, Oh it's a joke, those aren't World Leaders, that's an elementary school class!
I did! I really did! Look at them! Don't they look like schoolkids grinning and waving for the camera?
The subheading for this photo says "President Obama in Singapore on Saturday for the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting." Well, it's an American newspaper so whattaya expect? If it had been the Globe&Mail I'm sure it would have said "Prime Minister Harper finally shows up for photo op" (I think I can see him there, but I could be wrong). If you look closely you will see President Obama in the photo, he's one of the kids who resolutely refuse to wave for the camera (the kid I think is Harper is waving, good boy!)
The small print of the article of course explains how difficult it would be to hammer out an agreement in 22 days, but really, given the urgency of the matter, aren't they just acting like a bunch of little kids saying, Oh this is too hard, let's not do it! Let's just dress up and wave for the camera!
I do love this photo.