Posted by: trashee | February 18, 2009

Obama’s visit to Ottawa – some perspective, please.

OK. Right up front I will say that I am just as happy as most Canadians that there is once again a Democrat in the White House and that said Democrat goes by the moniker “Barack Obama”.  ‘Tis a great time for a President who possesses the cult of personality that will be necessary to drag America and the world through the big financial mudhole that I like to call the “Holy crap! We’re screwed!” years.

Yup. He’s bright. He’s charismatic. He’s young (as in my age!). Wow. The Yanks got it right this time.

Better than the last guy, eh?

And he is coming to Bytown as his first foreign visit as the Commander-in-Chief. He will arrive tomorrow morning, travel to the Hill in his motorcade taking an undisclosed route (likely Colonel By). Then he will meet Stevo, shake hands with Iggy and then hop back into his end-of-the-world proof limo for a trip back to the airport using yet another undisclosed route. Then back to Air Force One and home in time to tuck in the kids.

Ottawa is positively a-twitter over Mr. President’s whistle stop here. Folks are planning their days around heading to the Hill in order to maybe, just maybe, get a glance of the Chosen One. CBC Radio Ottawa is positively gushing. Birds are singing. And all are certain that the skies will clear and spring will arrive early as B.O. steps onto mayorlarry’s realm!

Even my Resident Love Goddess – normally a measured and fairly sane individual – is acting like one of those big-haired teenagers from a Loverboy video!

Amen! Hallelujah! He has come!!!!!

OK folks. Let’s all take a deep breath. This is REALLY NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL.

There, I said it. Let the flaming comments start.

But really, he is the President of a foreign country. And he is visiting our PM for a short meeting and a working lunch. No speech to Parliament. No public address. No walking through the throngs of screaming fans. Nada.

The cops are saying that the BEST anyone of the Hill tomorrow can hope for is a glimpse of the back of the guy’s head. That’s it. That’s all.

All I’m saying is that we Canucks are so desperate for dynamic and charismatic leadership – being that there exists no such beast in our current inventory of political rascals – that we grasp onto a foreign leader as a proxy. Kinda shameful, really, all of this fawning and drooling.

All that being said, I do welcome Mr. Obama to the Great White North and I hope that his leadership and his vision lives up to the advance billing.

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Responses

  1. I’m in almost total agreement with you here. I would say, however, that it’s not his status as a Democrat that makes him more palatable to Canadians (and the rest of the world), but that he exudes an air of rational, educated, benevolent confidence, vice the previous Dear Leader of the USA who radiated uneducated, malicious, playground bully.

  2. Yup – I hear ya. I didn’t mean to imply that it is his party affiliation that attracts attention, rather that we have a (in your words) rational, educated, benevolently confident individual who happens to be a Democrat.

  3. On the eve of his first foreign visit, Canadian Tourism shot some videos of Canadians welcoming Obama to Canada. They’re worth a look!

    Welcome to Ottawa, President Obama!
    What should President Obama do in Ottawa?
    What should President Obama know about Canada?

  4. It’s a bit of hero worshipping, isn’t it. Little brother Canada in awe and excitement that his cool older brother is coming to visit him first. 😉

    Me, I forgot he was even coming. Glad I don’t have to go downtown tomorrow.

  5. I kind of feel sorry for the guy… he’s inherited a giant shit sandwich from his predecessor. People are blowing sunshine up his rear end at a glorious rate just because he’s not an obvious hyper-religious sociopath like his predecessor.

    But the truth is, he’s just a guy and he’s going to make a mistake or two. And when that happens, people are going to go utterly ape because expectations are so unreasonably high.

    That’s when his road will start to get rocky.

  6. I totally and completely don’t get any of this. He hasn’t actually DONE anything yet. How do we elevate someone to the status of World Saviour before he’s even done anything? He’s SAID a lot of stuff, but even the stuff he’s said has been very politico-speak. He hasn’t said or promised anything of any real substance. He’s made all the right noises, too and I guess that’s enough. I don’t know why. Are we really that desperate for someone who appears not to be the people we’ve inflicted upon ourselves the last decade or so?

    • It is utterly fantastic that a non-white has reached the pinnacle of political power in the U.S. It truly is. And I celebrate that. A black man leading the most powerful – well, uh, maybe it isn’t the MOST powerful these day – nation in the world is an accomplishment. BUT for we Canucks to be proning ourselves in front of him like this is just a little over the top.
      I travel through the downtown to get home… gonna be a long ride on the bus tonite!


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