It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since a Prime Minister of Canada has been to the White House on a state visit. I mean, they’re just next door, eh?
That was rectified today as President Obama welcomed the “quite good looking” Prime Minister of Canada, newly elected Justin Trudeau, to the White House Rose Garden.
From President Obama’s remarks:
“I’m proud to be the first American President to stand with a Canadian Prime Minister and be able to say that — in both our nations — health care is not a privilege for a few but is now a right for all.
And as two vast and vibrant societies, we reaffirm that our diversity is our strength — whether your family was among the first native peoples to live on these lands or refugees we welcomed just yesterday. Whether you pray in a church or a synagogue, or a temple, or a mosque. Where, no matter what province or state you live in, you have the freedom to marry the person that you love.”
There were light-heated moments during the appearance as Trudeau noted that the former Montreal Expos (Trudeau’s childhood favorite MLB team) are now the Washington Nationals, and Obama reminded Trudeau that the NHL’s top prize Stanley Cup currently resides in Obama’s hometown of Chicago thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks.