2.03.2009

short profile on ignatieff from ny times style section

My friend AW1L sent me a profile of Michael Ignatieff that ran recently in the New York Times. The writer's take on Ignatieff's position here, and Canadians' view of him, is, shall we say, interesting.

The caption on the lead photo reads: "Some see Michael Ignatieff, the opposition Liberal Party leader, as a throwback to Pierre Trudeau." Huh. Maybe that refers to Ignatieff's sartorial sense. After all, this is from the Style section. (Huh?)

"Running on Book Sense and Charm", by Eric Konigsberg. Your comments welcome.

4 comments:

Sarah O. said...

They buried it at the bottom, so I know I shouldn't be too annoyed by it, but the Rieff quotation was lame and uninformed. Ignatieff spent the last 30 years away from Canada, moved back with the clear intention of running the country, and we're supposed to welcome him unconditionally and without suspicion? Call it "cultural smallness" or "tall-poppy syndrome," but there's something to be said about made-in-Canada success that appeals very profoundly to a country that spent much of the twentieth century trying to define itself and its culture.

And it is beyond irony to have an American say Canadians are small-minded for wondering about Ignatieff's commitment to this country, when Obama had to spend 2+ years proving he wasn't Muslim and anti-American.

L-girl said...

They buried it at the bottom, so I know I shouldn't be too annoyed by it, but the Rieff quotation was lame and uninformed.

I was totally disgusted by that, too.

Ignatieff spent the last 30 years away from Canada, moved back with the clear intention of running the country, and we're supposed to welcome him unconditionally and without suspicion?

The unethusiastic welcome, the questioning of motives, and especially the scrutiny of his pro-US, pro-war writing is justified, and evidence of an informed citizens.

when Obama had to spend 2+ years proving he wasn't Muslim and anti-American

This I don't buy. I think that was a media-fabricated and media-driven phenomenon. The only people who bought that were the wingnut hardliners who will buy and sell absolutely anything from their leaders at Fox News.

It couldn't have been a widespread belief, or Obama wouldn't have been elected with the strength that he was.

impudent strumpet said...

I just don't see why he might be of interest to them.

L-girl said...

Taught at the very prestigious Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and was a regular featured writer in the New York Times Magazine, among other things. A "leading intellectual," as they say.