Well, good morning to you. What happened while you were asleep? Well the Trump-Trudeau handshake ushered in a new era of journalism, Meryl Streep practiced for her next role and Jacqui Lambie was eviscerated by a TBS alum. Huzzah!
World’s most handsome politician meets with Justin Trudeau with a measured handshake.
The Ned Flanders of the geopolitical scene (he’s the attractive, unassuming, well-meaning neighbour we all secretly covet) has traipsed down South to meet with current POTUS and handshake enthusiast Donald Trump. Now, as we all know, politics is a game of trousered inches, so all eyes were not on solely on the issue, which they should have been, but rather if the two leaders could top the herculean effort Japanese PM Shinzo Abe made to make everyone feel fantastically awkward.
Trump shook Abe’s hand for 19 seconds. For how long will he shake Trudeau’s?
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 13, 2017
For those who believe that objective journalism has been killed by the Trump administration, shame on you, for we had a balanced, albeit detailed analysis on the handshake, backed up with real, proven facts.
i like that it went on so long and so close that trudeau had to look down at this hands and then back up at trump
— drew brown (@drewfoundland) February 13, 2017
Up close this is an amazing handshake. Note how Trudeau is pulling at times and pushing at other times to keep his hand in the same spot. https://t.co/CSr7Oq36bm
— Stephen Marche (@StephenMarche) February 13, 2017
I timed the PMJT-Trump handshake at 5.47 seconds. https://t.co/CFhJgTGmRt
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) February 13, 2017
Move over, women in the workforce… because a handshake has taken precedence over the topic the two leaders actually met to discuss.
Kill me now.
Meryl plants foot into Donald’s particulars, steps ever closer to the White House.
Just going to call it: we here at The Big Smoke believe The First Lady of the American Theatre should become the first woman of American politics – an optimistic view which gets spurred on by her use of her towering platform to scythe into the vast underbelly of the 45th POTUS, Donald youknowho while accepting the Ally for Equality Award, stating that “If we live through this precarious moment, if catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is.”
The above follows the Streeper’s vociferous Golden Globes attack on the man with Tangerine testicles earlier in the year, which presents us an actual quandary. As we all previously thought that the Dem candidate would be either a) an establishment figure no-one’s heard of, or b) Kanye West, we now have a legitimate political antagonist to Trump’s chair. After all, if we’re going to make politics Hollywood, let’s make it the right kind of Hollywood.
Too right, Meryl.
QandA gets personal as Lambie shot down by familiar face, Editor gets publication logo as tatt.
QandA is the kind of objective squabble one participates in because we share common views (but very little else) with the panelists each week. Much like Jerry Springer, we have a final thought after an hour of abject, vocalised violence which ties together the lessons of the episode, and which people choose to leave as they found it on the floor. However, for us at least, this week was different, because one of the panelists was one of ours.
Last evening saw Yassmin Abdel-Magied (The Big Smoke alum represent) square off with Jacqui Lambie over her fears of Sharia Law, and indeed what the immigration nation should fear. What followed was a veritable donnybrook of verbal barbs which threatened to break the banks of the River Twitter and encompass us all.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) February 13, 2017
A new wave indeed, for us and namely our Editor, who sat with fist rolling adjacent to his head in guttural support of the comments of one particular panelist.
Well done there, Yassmin.
Top five Tweets from overnight.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) February 13, 2017
BREAKING: Lambie continues personal #QandA tradition of losing the plot, regaining it, & then dousing it in petrol & setting it on fire.
— Kenny Devine (@TheKennyDevine) February 13, 2017
To my Muslim friends and neighbours, we are not all like Lambie. This is your home, and you are welcome here. #qanda
— Stephen (@TheAviator1992) February 13, 2017
— Project SafeCom (@PSOffice) February 13, 2017
Climate change denial is an awfully big risk to take with our one and only habitable environment. #qanda
— Tony Lomas (@TonyLomas) February 6, 2017