Handlers fail to stop Cowen's close-up with a giant spud
There was a protective cordon thrown around Brian Cowen as he arrived at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin for the launch of Paidi O Se's football tournament. His media handlers were determined to protect their man to the bitter end. There was no way that the Taoiseach was going to be photographed standing next to a giant Mr Tayto.
Not on their watch. Not even if the crisp company was the main sponsor of the annual festival.
Mr Tayto tried everything to barge into the frame, and despite a couple of handy fellows from Brian's team attempting to keep him at bay there was no stopping the star-struck snack. And hopefully a close encounter might do our leader some good -- the Taoiseach could do with adding some crispness to his delivery of speeches. But not even this melee could dim Brian's good mood -- after all, his Government's earlier defence of the Defence Minister was safely in the bag.