11 Ways Men Should All Try to Be More Like Justin Trudeau
In other words: More awesome.
Ask most women today what the perfect man looks like and they’ll respond, “Justin Trudeau.” Poised, polite, and intelligent, he’s everything a world leader should be. On top of that, he’s freakishly strong, with an incredibly fit physique, and truly impressive control of his body.
Based on all accounts, he seems to be a pretty fantastic father, friend, son, and husband, as well as a sensitive and sympathetic figure who cares about the world and makes moves to elicit real change. In other words, he’s the Canadian Hugh Grant, and we should all endeavor to be a little more like him. So read on to learn everything men should learn from his blessed existence. And if you’re looking for more famous men to emulate, try David Schwimmer.
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How to Plank
It’s hard to pinpoint the precise moment the world realized Trudeau was a major babe, but a good contender is when the Internet began to circulate this photo of the Prime Minister doing one of the hardest yoga poses–a “peacock pose”–in an office on Parliament Hill. Trudeau tweeted the photo out in 2013, back when he was still just an MP, but it started to go viral in March 2016. What upper body strength! What form! And for more fitness #inspo, fellas, check out How Lovable Baby Bird James McAvoy Got Totally Ripped!
How to Be a Male Feminist
Unlike some men who grandstand and spout hyperboles like, “No one respects women more than me,” Trudeau doesn’t walk around giving himself a constant pat on the back for respecting women. He, just, you know, respects women, like a real feminist. Case in point: when, 2015, a reporter asked him why it was a priority for him to have a cabinet that was “gender-balanced,” his simple response was: “Because it’s 2015.” Boom!
How to Deal with Hecklers
Trudeau’s tactic with hecklers is generally to be polite and sympathetic to their complaints, even when their intention is simply to be a troll. Well, one writer at CBC News happened to notice that Trudeau seemed to be using the Jerry Seinfeld technique when dealing with obnoxious audience members.
“Very early on in my career, I hit upon this idea of being the Heckle Therapist,” Seinfeld said in a reddit AMA a few years back. “So that when people would say something nasty I would immediately become very sympathetic to them, and try to help them with their problem, and try to work out what was upsetting them, and try to be very understanding with their anger. It opened up this whole fun avenue for me as a comedian, and no one had ever seen that before. I would say, ‘You seem so upset, and I know that’s not what you wanted to have happen tonight. Let’s talk about your problem.’ And the audience would find it funny, and it would really discombobulate the heckler, too, because I wouldn’t go against them, I would take their side.” It takes a lot of self-restraint, but it’s an amazing tactic!
How to Show Your Love of Star Wars
If you’re a Star Wars nerd but also an adult and the leader of the free world, letting your geek flag fly can be a delicate balancing act. But Trudeau nails it with his wookie socks and his family dressups on Halloween. You can bet that he’ll one day visit The Best New Star Wars Locations You Can Actually Visit!
How to Flirt With the Queen
He’s pretty much the only person who’s managed to pull this off, via his unique ability to be charming and flattering, while remaining humble, respectful, and sincere. No, Justin Trudeau doesn’t need to read The 17 Worst Things a Man Can Say to a Woman!
How to Balance Babies With One Hand
Granted, it doesn’t look very safe, but apparently dads have been doing this for ages. Here’s Trudeau trick to keeping infants upright in the palm of his hand: “He always holds babies close to his chest first…checking that they’re able to lock their knees. If they can, he knows they won’t buckle.”
How to Deliver a Eulogy
It’s something all children dread but will one day have to do, and it’s not easy. But Trudeau’s moving, well-spoken, and emotional eulogy to his father in 2000, made an entire country turn on their television sets and say, “That guy should be our leader.”
How to Phobomb
Most people look a little awkward when they’re randomly inserted into a group shot, especially when it’s in the middle of a job, and especially when they are surrounded by teenagers. But when Trudeau came across a bunch of kids heading to their high school prom while out on a run at the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver, British Columbia, he graced them with the most photogenic selfie of all time.
How to Dance
Obama’s suggestion for how to dance as a dad is to just “stay in the pocket” and not attempt anything crazy. While that’s good advice for whatever the young people are listening to you in your country, this viral video of Trudeau doing a traditional Bhangra dance in 2015 proves there’s no better way to show your appreciation of another culture than to just let loose, dignity be darned!
How to Be Romantic
Though they had known each other through their families for years, Trudeau first got to know his wife, Sophie Grégoire, when they were tasked with organizing the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix ball, a fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, in 2003. Even though they hit it off immediately, Trudeau didn’t initially want to get involved, because he was, as he delicately put it, in a “very socially active phase” at the time.
When she emailed him a few days later, he didn’t respond, thinking, “Okay, this is someone I have to take seriously… I’m better off not starting anything that I’m not willing to go through with.” The following summer, they bumped into each other on the street, romantic-comedy style, and Trudeau chased her down and asked her to dinner. By then, he had had his fill of casual dating. They went out to an Afghan restaurant (Grégoire insisted he take her somewhere he’d never taken another girl), followed by Karaoke, and, ultimately, his apartment. He told Chatelaine that he sat there looking at her and “just felt this strength and peace come.” So he decided to express how he felt with the most crushingly romantic line ever, “Well, it’s about time you arrived. It’s been 32 years and I was beginning to think you would never show up. I’ve been waiting for you all my life. You’re it!” <Swoon.>
How to Propose
Trudeau proposed to his bride about a year later, in October 2004. During the day, Trudeau took his soon-to-be bride to the family tomb of Pierre Trudeau, his father and the 15th Prime Minister of Canada. Afterwards, he amped up the romance and arranged for a couples’ massage at Hotel Le St-James.
To keep the proposal a surprise, he pretended their clothes had disappeared. They were escorted to a Royal Suite in their bathrobes, and there, by a roaring fireplace, as well as champagne and oysters, he got one one knee and asked Grégoire to be his wife. “I call him my prince,” Grégoire told Chatelaine ,“because he treats me like a princess. He really went out of his way. There were candles and rose petals everywhere. I felt like I was a princess.”
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