January 28th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
9 months ago

President Obama's first foreign trip to Canada

President Obama will head to Canada on February 19.
President Obama will head to Canada on February 19.

(CNN) –- President Obama will take his first foreign trip as commander in chief to Canada next month, his press secretary announced Wednesday.

“Canada is a vitally important ally and the president looks forward to the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Harper and visit our neighbor to the north,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during Wednesday’s press briefing.

Obama will head to Canada on February 19. Gibbs did not announce any further details about the president’s itinerary.

Former President Bush took his first international trip to Mexico, but many U.S. presidents have started their terms with a visit to Canada.


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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Please stay away.

    January 28, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. David

    Bring your coat. It's cold up here. I am gonna go enjoy my free healthcare now.

    January 28, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Welcome to Canada President Obama!

    January 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Ellie

    Have a SAFE trip Mr. President.

    January 28, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. The Future

    Thats right try not to follow in the same footsteps as Bush!!!

    January 28, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. dj

    not that he probably would, but would be cool to see him drop an opening faceoff puck in ottawa. c'est la but

    January 28, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Anonymous Canadian

    We cannot wait to welcome the new President of the United States of America!!

    January 28, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. patNY

    Blame Canada!

    January 28, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Greg in Columbus

    Ian,

    What are you like one of the 10% in Canada that doesn't like him? Why would you say that?

    January 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. a canuck

    Welcome to Canada......maybe some of President Obama's intelligence will rub off on our Prime Minister !!!!!

    January 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Dave

    Shaddup, Ian. Obama can come, and he can stay if he wants.

    January 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    As opposed to his first non-foreign trip to Canada...

    January 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Dave from Canada

    Come and stay a while. We'll gladly send all our politicians to the US for one Barack Obama. We sure could use a person like him in our political arena.

    January 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. demwit

    Could Obama see Canada from his house?? Something is always better than nothing....

    January 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Sean - Texas

    As opposed to his first non-foreign trip to Canada...

    January 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. BJ

    Ian, why would you say that? Many Canadians, like the rest of the world, were rooting for Barack Obama to become President of the U.S.. What's your beef?

    January 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Canadians are honoured to have President Obama make his first foreign trip to our country. His greeting will be very warm, even if we cannot guarantee that the temperature will be! :-)

    January 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. demwit

    Dear Canada,

    Now that the election is over and I have won, America expects more from you too. Just like I recently told Afganistan, the UN and old Europe.

    Love your pal,
    Obama

    January 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Chut Pata

    "Former President Bush took his first international trip to Mexico, but many U.S. presidents have started their terms with a visit to Canada"

    That shows why Bush was only one of his kind. Started with the wrong foot, continued to be wrong, and exited with the lowest approval rating in history.

    January 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Douglas

    Hopes he convinces Harper to form a North American Union. That would eliminate hard-core conservatism from North America for good. Or maybe we can make a trade. Want your confederacy? Take it and leave us progressives along with the likes of Sweden, Finland, etc. Real democracies. ....ah wonderful thought

    January 28, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Matt

    really his "first foreign trip to canada"??? when is he making his domestic trip to canada?

    January 28, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. kate

    Ian .. You'll be surprised and annoyed by Obama's reception here in in the North ..

    January 28, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. John

    Can we keep him....

    January 28, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Trueman

    ... and we couldn't be happier to have him up here. Our politicians are so boring and lifeless; our politics are dirty and ineffectual; and our elections are childish mud-slinging contests. Maybe our conservative leadership could learn a thing or two from President Obama.

    It's ironic that he's coming to meet a man who is closer to George W. Bush in values and Sarah Palin in demeanor. Why did we elect him again? ... oh right, the corruption.

    Obama's election victory and subsequent inauguration were as celebrated and significant up here as they were down there. People will no doubt line the streets to give him a rock-star welcome, unlike when Bush came to visit and was met with protesters and angry mobs.

    Trueman, Toronto, Canada

    January 28, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Max - from Toronto

    Can't wait for your visit Mr. President – it's about time!!!!

    January 28, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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