The subtext of the article is that America currently has a screamingly unhip blowhard buffoon in the Oval Office after four years of a President who was, if possible, even cooler than Trudeau.
In the strongest proof yet that our Prime Minister is the closest thing the world has to a rock-star politician, Justin Trudeau has made the cover of the latest Rolling Stone.
And, in a move that’s sure to get Donald Trump angrily adding the venerable music magazine to his list of “failing” media outlets in America, the cover subhead reads: “Why Can’t He Be Our President?”
Inside, a profile by writer Stephen Rodrick lavishes endless praise on Trudeau, the article starts at a press conference in Ottawa with: “He speaks in a modulated, indoor voice. His dark hair is a color found in nature. At home, there is a glamorous wife and three photogenic children, still not old enough to warm his seat at next week's G-20 summit or be involved in an espionage scandal.”
The piece goes on to celebrate Trudeau’s attitude towards women and minorities (noting they make up half his cabinet), marijuana (“he smoked pot after being elected to parliament”), and reproductive issues (“Trudeau is firmly pro-choice; abortions are provided as part of Canada's universal health care.”)
Balanced rather than endlessly gushing, it includes criticisms from Trudeau critics that the PM is more flash than substance. But it also is unmistakingly glowing, ending with the lines "His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain't coming back. At this moment, Justin Trudeau's Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm."
Rodrick writes, “Trudeau reminds me of, well, Obama as he smiles and listens patiently to me droning on about my Canadian wife as if it is actually interesting. For Trudeau, listening is seducing.”
And it gets better, unless you happen to be Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence, or an intolerant American idiot with a serious thing for red baseball caps.
“A majority of Canadians believe he genuinely has the interests of Canada's 36 million at heart,” Rodrick writes. “In 2015, Trudeau met Syrian refugees at the airport and handed out winter coats. One of the refugees thanked him a year later in person on Canadian radio. Trudeau wept. Another named his son after the PM. Meanwhile, Trump is pushing Muslim bans, and Mike Pence went to court to prevent any Syrian refugees from coming to his state.
You can read the entire 7,000-word article, titled The North Star, here.