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Canada Gets Obama's 1st Foreign Visit As President  
User currently offlineSKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1415 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

From: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/01/10/obama-canada.html

Canada gets Obama's 1st foreign visit as president
Saturday, January 10, 2009 | 2:57 PM
CBC News

U.S. president-elect Barack Obama plans to travel to Canada for his first international trip after he takes office, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed Saturday.

"We have been in close contact with president-elect Obama's transition team. We can confirm that the president-elect has accepted the prime minister's invitation to visit Canada soon after he is inaugurated," a statement released by Stephen Harper's office said.
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It has been a tradition of presidents to make their first foreign visit to Canada, except in the case of Bush in 2001, so not terribly surprising. I wonder if he will draw more people than he did when he went to Europe during the primaries?

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User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2880 times:

I think it's nice tradition. It reinforces the close friendship between Canada & the US. Do newly elected Canadian PMs do the same?

Even if the Canadians are a Winter-folk I can't imagine them standing for hours in the cold. Ottawa in the Winter is not the same as Berlin in the Summer. Also aren't most Canadians in Florida this time of year?

Quoting SKYSERVICE_330 (Thread starter):
except in the case of Bush in 2001,

Well Bush screwed so much up while he was in office is it a surprise he managed to screw this up as well?  sarcastic 



A330 man.
User currently offlineJamincan From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2845 times:



Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
Also aren't most Canadians in Florida this time of year?

I think that may be what they meant. Obama's first visit to Canada will be to Fort Lauderdale. Big grin


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2826 times:



Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
Also aren't most Canadians in Florida this time of year?

yes, the country shuts down for 5 months, we lock the door when we leave.  Wink

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
I think it's nice tradition. It reinforces the close friendship between Canada & the US

 checkmark 

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
Do newly elected Canadian PMs do the same?

If they have time for "us"



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26957 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

It only seems right that he should visit his inferior neighbours  Big grin Joking aside it makes sense. His next trip after Canada should be Mexico.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12103 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2810 times:
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Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
Quoting SKYSERVICE_330 (Thread starter):
except in the case of Bush in 2001,

Well Bush screwed so much up while he was in office is it a surprise he managed to screw this up as well?



Not surprised here. Though remember that Bush is also in the same party as Palin who feels since she can see Russia that gives her foreign experience.



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Mending fences and chatting with your neighbors is always a good idea. There's been so much bad blood the last few years that it's a good place to start. Our economies are merged in a lot of ways and it's important that we work together for our mutual benefit. And yes, the next stop should be Mexico.

The next thing the G could do is shitcan that stupid assed "Everyone's got to have a passport to go to Windsor" nonsense.


 grumpy 


User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

I doubt if President Obama will get here before the snow is gone. Most of these first visits have been pretty short if I recall.

I was watching a CBC-TV interview an American pundit this morning and he commented on how important it was for Canada for the leaders of the two countries to hit it off personally. People underneath them take their lead from that.

I don't know how P.M. Harper and Pres. Obama will get along. I don't see much chemistry developing. Chretien and Clinton seemed to be pals. I guess the worst time was with Trudeau and Nixon, or maybe Johnson and Pearson - Johnson apparently grabbed Pearson by the lapels and complained "You pi$$ed on my rug!" after Pearson made anti-Vietnam War statements in the USA on his way to Washington.


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):

Well Bush screwed so much up while he was in office is it a surprise he managed to screw this up as well?

That's funny. If my memory serves me correctly from when I visited there a few years ago, our tour guide in Gettysburg informed us that Clinton was the first President to screw up the tradition of visiting Gettysburg National Cemetary during the Presidency, something that's probably a little more important than visiting Canada first.    And he had 8 years to do that....
You want to continue going about "traditions" now?   


To quote Family Guy "Yea, that's more than we ever got from them damn free-loadin' Canadians...... What? Canada sucks!"   

**Disclaimer - FDJ87 has been to Canada before, and thinks it is a very nice country and would love to go back, especially to visit Vancouver, BC (been to Ontario and Quebec).  

[Edited 2009-01-18 20:36:17]

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1414 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2666 times:



Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 8):
**Disclaimer - FDJ87 has been to Canada before, and thinks it is a very nice country and would love to go back, especially to visit Vancouver, BC...

Damn right!!!


Anywhere else in Canada is like going to Bismarck North Dakota!!! Oh, I'M ONLY KIDDING!!!

Joke aside... ah, good that President Obama will visit Canada. I think the next place he should go is England and shake hands with the Queen. I wonder what her view is now that an African American president is in the White House?



Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2648 times:



Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 7):
Johnson apparently grabbed Pearson by the lapels and complained "You pi$$ed on my rug!" after Pearson made anti-Vietnam War statements in the USA on his way to Washington.

And that rug really tied the room together.



I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2623 times:



Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 8):
something that's probably a little more important than visiting Canada first.



would you care to elaborate?
Visiting a cemetary is more important than reaffirming/strengthing/supporting the special relationship the US and Canada have?

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 8):
You want to continue going about "traditions" now?

yes....Bush was a f***ing idiot and WILL be remembered as the WORSE US President in the last 100 years. Did Bush ever go to Canada?



A330 man.
User currently offlineSKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1415 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2614 times:



Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 11):
Did Bush ever go to Canada?

If I remember correctly, he visited twice...once in 2004 and once in 2006.


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2597 times:



Quoting Vio (Reply 9):
I wonder what her view is now that an African American president is in the White House?

How'd this guy get in here?


 laughing   laughing   laughing 

Quoting JBo (Reply 10):
Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 7):
Johnson apparently grabbed Pearson by the lapels and complained "You pi$$ed on my rug!" after Pearson made anti-Vietnam War statements in the USA on his way to Washington.

And that rug really tied the room together.

And y'all have the cowards to prove it.


User currently offlineRadiopolitic From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Harper was at the Intercontinental hotel on Bloor just west of Avenue Rd. in Toronto at around 630pm.

I don't think I've ever seen so much security for a Canadian before in my life.

I was not impressed with having to cross the street to get to class.


User currently offline3DoorsDown From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

"Canada Gets Obama's 1st Foreign Visit As President "

Must be a presidential beer run eh?  Big grin
3DD


User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Funny, considering how they tried to undermine his primary race...

User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2075 times:



Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
Well Bush screwed so much up while he was in office is it a surprise he managed to screw this up as well?

Screwed up? Bush was closer to Mexican President Vicente Fox, and spoke Spanish, so he elected to go Mexico first. I don't see the big deal in that. Whether he "screwed up" is a matter of opinion only.


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1991 times:



Quoting Radiopolitic (Reply 14):
Harper was at the Intercontinental hotel on Bloor just west of Avenue Rd. in Toronto at around 630pm.

I don't think I've ever seen so much security for a Canadian before in my life.

I find it funny too - Harper lives in Calgary where I work for a few days each week. I fly on a company jet out of a private terminal (opposite end of the airport from the main terminal). I've seen Harper land 2 or 3 times. He arrived at the same private terminal we use. But he does not come in - his car picks him up at the plane which is about 10 metres from where I sit at the window watching the flight operations. Before he gets off these cool looking security dudes in suits and ear thingys come into our area and ensure we don't go out onto the apron. I think it's funny - like watching an FBI team in a movie.

Anyway - I think a visit from the new American President is important too. It shows our close ties, friendship and reliance on each other as nations. Good move on his part to accept the invitation from our Prime Minister.

Cheers!



Citizen of the World
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19608 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1989 times:



Quoting SKYSERVICE_330 (Thread starter):

Canada gets Obama's 1st foreign visit as president

Canada is a foreign country? Odd, I could have sworn it was the 51st state.

Who knew?  duck 


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

Date has been confirmed for 19 February. It doesn't appear that it will be a very long visit and, as parliament is scheduled to be off that week, there most likely won't be an address of the joint houses of parliament.

LH423



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