"Call me Steve": The Nicknaming of a Prime Minister
The Shrub's friendly diminutive for our illustrious leader - Prime Minister Steve, as he shall henceforth be called - rings some interesting historical bells.
A couple of episodes that spring to mind:
1) LBJ used to call Pearson (who he didn't like, particularly after his criticism of the Vietnam War) by his first name, Lester. Pearson never used this name, preferring to be called Mike - indeed, this is the title of his memoirs.
2) FDR used to call William Lyon Mackenzie King (who he did like) simply Mackenzie, a nickname that nobody else used. King's close friends used to call him Rex. However, he was so touched by the use of a familiar term that he couldn't bring himself to correct FDR.
Possible lessons we could draw from this:
1) American Presidents can call Canadian Prime Ministers whatever they like.
2) Stephen Harper is on his way to being classed with other great, and misnamed, Prime Ministers like Pearson and King.
Hmmm... neither of those is a particularly comforting thought. Recommend this Post