U.S. President Barack Obama gave what many observers instantly deemed to be one of his most powerful speeches to the Parliament of Canada today – but between all the praise, he also worked in a point about Canadian defence spending.
Pivoting quickly from a press conference at the North American Leaders’ Summit alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Obama’s long, snaking motorcade headed to Parliament Hill to address a joint session of the House of Commons and the Senate.
Obama’s speech – the first such address by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton in 1995 – began lightly with references to Canadiana before shifting into a passionate defence of liberal internationalism. Along the way he touched on environmental issues, poverty, terrorism and extremism. By the time it was over, he had more than captured the imagination of those in attendance.
They showered him with applause, cries of support and even chants of “four more years!”
“We could not ask for a better friend or ally than Canada,” said Obama to thunderous applause. “We do not take it for granted.”
(Sidebar: Barry didn’t say that when Harper was running things.)
Why in the name of almighty Worf hasn’t this @$$hole (and his Canadian hand-puppet counterpart) been kicked out of office?