mardi 17 février 2009

Barack Obama in Canada

Canada welcomes the star of the hour on the planet, President Barack Obama, who is more popular than Celine Dion and Paul McCartney, perhaps even the Pope! Unfortunately our welcome is not very spectacular and it is questionable whether we should have made the things a little bigger! The working meeting between the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama make no place for ceremony as it was the case with its predecessors. We should recall the visit of Ronald Reagan, while Brian Mulroney had sung on stage his old Irish songs. Obviously we cannot ask Stephen Harper to sing rap and one can even wonder whether the two men will eat the same sandwiches. It seems that Barack loves hamburgers with pineapple ...
It would have been appropriate, even necessary, to organize at least one public event related to the presidential visit to allow Canadians to welcome the most admired men in the world: President Obama. Why not planning a ceremony on the Parliamentary Hill ? This event would have been a historic moment for the country and would not need a long trip from the main event. If we had offered a more elaborate program to the President, he would have probably invited Michelle to join him. I am convinced that Laureen and Michelle would have liked each other very much. Already, Barack has become the friend of our Governor General and his gataway in the Byward Market to buy maple biscuits (my favorites cookies) proves that he love discovering place where he visits.
Ottawa is a city that offers many attractions including the most beautiful museums in the country. We could have organized a trip to the Natinal Gallery of Canada located a few blocks from Parliament.
I hope that the second meeting will be a bit more festive that this first one and foremost, that there will be less pressure to bring back the visitor to the airport...
Link story on the organization of the visit.
Photos du haut: Barack Obama - Air Force One (Photo Pete Souza)
Photo du centre: Stephen et Laureen Harper
Photo du bas: Barack Obama - Air Force One(Photo Pete Souza - The White House)

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