Time to get manly, Stanley!

August 30, 2010

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Welcome back to our very popular TV reality series, “Let’s get Virile, Cyril!” where we randomly look in on world leaders to check their testosterone level.

macho harper 260Okay, let’s use our Man-Cam to zoom in on some top leaders. Shhhhhh, remember, they don’t know we’re coming.

Lonnie, give me camera three…

Ah, it’s Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper driving an all-terrain vehicle. That’s pretty macho, right? Look, the rugged terrain he’s chosen to drive it on is … an airport runway?

Quick Lon, go to camera four! Look, it’s U.S. President Barack Obama. He’s wearing a shiny blue helmet and riding a bicycle along a leafy path, like he’s on a paper route or something.

macho obama 240Say, Mr. President! Ring your handlebar bell if you can hear us!

Lonnie, you’re killing me here! Have we got ANYTHING macho?

Just a minute! Here’s Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, roaring over the waves in a speeding motorboat on the rough and roiling Sea of Japan, as he shoots a powerful crossbow at a whale, using  darts designed to take skin samples….

Yes! Putin has actually scored a  direct hit!

What’s that, Lon? Go live to German Chancellor Angela Merkel beating a would-be assassin to death with his own gun?

Nah, let’s just stick with Vlad the Impaler…This is great stuff!

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Top: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) fires darts with a crossbow at an endangered gray whale from a motorboat in Olga Bay in the Sea of Japan, August 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Right: Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper rides an all-terrain vehicle at the airport in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, August 26, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Left: U.S. President Barack Obama rides along a bike path in Correllus State Forest on Martha’s Vineyard in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, August 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Gahhh even the Prime Minister of Canada is more manly than the POTUS. Have we hit rock bottom yet?

Umm..no offense E.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Don’t be greedy, Spin. Just a few days ago I posted photos of a very macho-looking Prince Charles, remember?
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/08/08/i-say-this-is-the-best-tug-of-w ar-ever/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Someone should reverse the positions of the whale and Putin.. that would make a pic..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Yes, like playing croquet! :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

S’ok ifly. When I took my oath of Irish citizenship they grafted on a thicker skin.

;)

E.

Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

If you google for images of “macho world leader”, Putin leads the pack by far. So, is that a reflecton on Putin, or on google?
BTW, good ol’ Obamama didn’t show up until about page 10.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Vlad the Implaer – good one Monsiuer Basler.
Actually what you can’t see in that photo is that Vlad isn’t actually chasing a seal, he’s chasing Dimitry Medvedev who’s swimming in the water wearing ‘Dora the Explorer’ water-wings.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Thank heaven Putin had clothes on. He’s been shirtless in front of cameras before, and coincidentally, I became violently ill when they popped up online.

Posted by kgolden1 | Report as abusive

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Umm … why is the POTUS riding a girl’s bike?

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

You missed out David Cameron ! He’s been poncing around in a wetsuit surfing this weekend.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Is that one of those little ringers on the handlebars?

ring, ring, ring … “Get out of my way, Vlad, I’m the President of the United States!”

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

CrowGirl you said “poncing”! Ha ha ha ha :)

Hey did anyone even think that perhaps the POTUS is just so beyond manly that he has to ride a girls bike with a ringer on it just to tone down his manlyness to levels that will not explode womens heads at the mere sight of him???

Did anyone think of that hmmm???

Anyone?

:::sigh::: I know….:::ring ring::::

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

ifly, have donut. It will be all right.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

CG, and here I thought he was on paternity leave to tend to his little girl…. Wat does Clegg have to say about his “poncing”?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Spin, lets make it an OSU mission to take Putin to Krypton.. wat say OSUers? Do I hear an “aye”?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra … Aye, I’m chuffed! ;-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Lol! Watcha chuffed about, mate?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra … Chuffed? I meant chafed, yeah, chafed. From riding my bike, you know. How long does it take to get to Krypton?

@unca … my bike has a ringer too. Helps keep the little old ladies on the sidewalk out of my way. I picked a helluvaday to quit drinking!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

No vacation days required, Spin! We could make a weekend holiday out of it really… maybe you could bring your colleagues some Krpto Candy back!

Justcam, You are welcome to help us take Putin away.. on the other hand, maybe you could stay and get Medyedev some help… you know.. seeing Putin flyaway is gonna make him want to have some medidonuts…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hey RB, are all these headlines inspired by “50 ways to leave your lover? ” :P

Posted by hush | Report as abusive

I was hoping to lure him into it, yes,Spin.. ;)
So, Mr.Pilot, how would you like to join us lovely OSUers in the Put-Away-Putin-for-Good Mission?
Your services/skills are required.. ;)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Good question, Hush. Not all of them.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive