It clearly is more effort than it is worth to ignore the Obama visit to Ottawa today. Traffic is slow, many people are giddy with reliefe at self exoneration from white guilt and there is a cop on every corner with a wary eye and a high sense of situational awareness befitting, well befitting a cop actually. It’s too bad Obama doesn’t stay in Ottawa. We would be a crime free city.
Still, I find it amusing that no matter who the president of the US is, Canada expects the first visit from any president and expects the usual homilies. Keep in mind as I write this I have not heard one word from Obama yet since he arrived. But I do expect him to speak of how valuable Canada is to the US. How strong the friendship is between our two nations and how much the US loves Canada. This despite a track record of near constant scorn and ridicule from the Canadian governments (Harper a noteworthy exception as was Mulroney) and Canadian media not to mention the average Canadian which has made anti Americanism and sanctimony Canada’s largest exports after marijuana.
Sound familiar? Yeah you have it. You dated her once. That special girlfriend that always treated you like crap and made massive demands on you then expected to be praised complimented and exalted for it. I wonder if there is a word to describe such a mentality. Oh yeah!