Any public officeholder who reads the article below, gleaned from the Canwest News Service, is hereby barred from whining about the hazards of the rubber chicken circuit:
Canada’s Governor General began her Arctic tour by gutting a freshly slaughtered seal, pulling out its heart and eating it raw, according to media reports.
Michaelle Jean, the Queen’s representative to the country, did it as a gesture of solidarity with the country’s beleaguered seal hunters, the reports said, adding that Jean expressed dismay that people would call the traditional hunting practices inhumane.
After eating the heart during a stop in Nunavut’s Rankin Inlet, Jean wiped her blood-soaked fingers with a tissue.
On Tuesday, Jean arrives in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
It’s the tissue that makes the story. The BBC elaborated on the economic angle, and the fact that the governor-general found the experience “delicious:”
Ms Jean used a traditional Inuit knife to help gut the animal then ate a slice of raw heart.
It came weeks after the [European Union] voted to ban Canadian seal products, but Ms Jean did not say if her actions were in response to the EU proposals.
An EU spokeswoman said the story was “too bizarre to acknowledge”….
Asked later if her actions were a message to the EU, [Jean] said: “Take from it what you will.”
So somebody call up Sonia Sotomayor and tell her that there are worse gauntlets to run than an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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