Politicians in Canoes or Kayaks - A Collection of Presidents and Prime Ministers Looking Awkward.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Politicians love getting out with the people. Water + canoe or kayak = a classic photoshoot. Here is a quick photo round-up of powerful people on the water from that past couple of years.

Let’s start with a classic. President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy was vacationing in New Hampshire back in 2007 when paparazzi saw in him out canoeing. It made the front pages of the newspapers back home but not before a wee bit of airbrushing to eliminate those love handles. Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk

Nicolas Sarkozy in a Canoe

President Obama was out kayaking at a beach Edgartown, Massachusetts back in August. I’m surprised Fox News wasn’t all over the fact that he isn’t wearing a lifejacket. I’m sure they could spin up a conspiracy in there somewhere. Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama kayaks while spending time with friends at a beach in Edgartown, Mass., Aug. 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

It’s clear somebody outfitted Sarah Palin properly for the photoshoot. Photo credit: mamapop.com

Sarah Palin in a kayak.

Up here in Canada we have politician’s who are also keen to show off that they are in touch with the common man. Here is the leader of the Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff showing us how it’s done. Photo credit: treehugger.com

Michael Ignatieff in a canoe.

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper looking a little awkward. Photo credit: macleans.ca

Stephen Harper in a kayak.

Of course you can’t mentions politician’s in canoes without showing the obligatory photo of former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau. That guy was a canoeing fanatic spending many family vacations paddling northern rivers all over Canada. Photo credit: paddlemaking.blogspot.com

Pierre Ttrudeau in a birchbark canoe

Going back south for the last one, here is an old photo of a young Franklin D. Roosevelt impressing the ladies in a birchbark canoe. Photo credit: paddlemaking.blogspot.com

Franklin D. Roosevelt in a Canoe

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

Strategic partner

Paddle Canada Logo