Canada … Obama … Osama …

A proud admirer ( Michel Botman Photography, Ottawa, March 2010)

Canada just experienced a radical shift to the left of the chessboard.  Yet by some ironical twist of sense, our conservative Prime Minister, the honorable and musically inclined Stephen Harper, got reelected with a perfidious majority … “with a little help from my (Quebec) friends”, he was heard singing jovially the next day …

It truly is the apex of irony to realize that all the left-wingers “de la belle Province” who voted in mass as far left as they could to defeat Harper ended-up offering him a majority on a silver platter.

I wonder how many of them will realize the humorous absurdity of their move?

In the mean time, our neighbor to the south, the mighty US of A, seems to have already started its own presidential elective process.  In another amusing twist of faith, the pursuit of Osama and its recent demise – a quest that uncle Bush had made its priority – could end-up helping reelect cousin Obama.

Mission accomplished?

Surely, “Le Malheur des uns fait he Bonheur des autres”.

Victory will remain elusive though.  Promises are always easier to make than to hold.

Four years ago, a young Barak was surprisingly surging in the polls, rising from obscurity.  I remember talking to my son Noah (whom from a very young age has always been passionate about politics) about this surprising shooting star:

« Tu va voir, », I said, with some foresight, « … il va casser la baraque … au bas mot! »

« Il va casser la quoi? » asked Noah, slightly startled by a French expression he had never heard.

« baraque, au bas mot», I said, … but this time, despite the Osama coup, I’m not so sure anymore …

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About Michel Botman

Michel Botman was born in Belgium, where visual arts have always flirted with the limits of reality. In the eighties, Michel Botman started exploring the first tools to manipulate images though computers. For about 15 years, Michel Botman worked throughout Europe in the emerging field of Computer Applications for the Graphic Arts. Extensive experience in Digital Imaging allowed Michel to move into the field of computerized systems for Diagnostic Imaging. As VP Sales & Marketing for eSys Medical and later with Eclipsys, Michel Botman always remained dedicated to the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of his career. At the present time, Michel Botman is refocusing his life towards graphic arts. “I studied photography in Europe, but never had time to practice it enough. Life took me on other paths towards computer technologies and running a business. I enjoyed it very much, but I also love art. I always keep my eyes open for exciting opportunities and people that touch my heart.” Michel Botman lives in Toronto with his wife Lindy and son Noah. Above Gravatar pictures are of Michel Botman, his wife Lindy Amato and his son Noah Botman.
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