I was watching CNBC Europe's repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and there was a pretty rough piece which featured a picture of Brian Cowen which was taken from the internet. He was looking very "merry" at some kind of a party or something.
Leno asked the audience to guess what this guy does :
Is he a) A bartender b) A politician or c) a night club comedian.
The audience voted by clapping loudly / shouting.
He then revealed that he was in fact the Irish PM.
He followed this by saying that "at least we aren't the only country with ......."
(Needless to say it wasn't particularly flattering)
Unfortunately, the video is not viewable from outside the United States.
However, if anyone has any way around it, or is in the US perhaps they might do the honours and get a YouTube clip ?
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - Video - NBC.com
The episode aired in the US on 22 September and repeated twice on CNBC Europe this weekend and on Thursday.
The material is in the monologue at the start, but is not available on the 'highlights from the monologue' on the NBC website as it contained images. They edit everything that isn't just Jay Leno talking out.
Unfortunately, it just shows that Taoisigh need to manage their personal (public) appearances. There's no point in blaming Simon Coveney or anyone else. It's vitally important that the Taoiseach himself projects a competent and confident image at all times. Politics, particularly at that level, is a 24/7/365 gig.