January 28th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
10 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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  1. Soccer Nana

    @ Ian and Steel curtain, President Obama will not lose any sleep over your insignificant comments. LOL

    Why are you two so unhappy!?

    XXOOXX, there; I hope you two feel better.

    January 28, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. joe smith

    great, hope we can continue to work together, to bring about a thriving western economy; now, speaking of the economy, how would it be, if we absorbed all past student loans, into the stimulis formula, gee, all the young adults who are struggling to keep their homes, jobs, food on the table, a little joy for their children; bingo; young adults with a new found freedom.. anyone want to suggest that to the house and senate..

    January 28, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Smart move.. most American's don't understand that we are your biggest trading partner, your biggest energy supplier, and your historic ally. Bush damaged the relationship, but hope is renewed.

    There are a lot of things American's can learn from Canada (like how to run surpluses in good times, health care doesn't mean bad health care, etc). There are many things we can learn from Americans (and have).

    At the end of the day, our fates are entwined. Let's work together to make both stronger!

    January 28, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Bill / California

    I'm glad to see Obama's first foreign trip will be to the neighbor that actually respects our laws and sovereignty, and not the corrupt, third-world slum that sits south of us and encourages their citizens to illegally enter our country and milk our social programs instead of providing it to them themselves.

    January 28, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Jasmine in Germany

    Canada is a very important ally to the US. I'm sure the Canadians are pleased with the platform of our new president.

    January 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Rick P.

    The new guy is most welcome here. Many, including myself, have great hopes for what he needs to achieve.
    If we can get him down to the Rideau Canal, it will be the first time that the world will get to see him walk on water.

    January 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Bob

    Perhaps the US President should visit it's largest trading partner a little more often.

    January 28, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. mark

    As a Canadian I am thrilled to hear this. For some unknown reason Bush ignored and dissed Canada many times and for no reason...even during 9/11, Bush thanking tons of Countries around the world for their help but omitted Canada even though all America flights were routed to Canada and Canadians welcomed Americans into their own homes for days. You could say it was just an oversight, but when Canadians wondered what the heck, it was Colin Powell, not Bush who apologized... It's just so nice to have a President who is more aware of America's relationship with the world outside of the US of A.

    Canada is a friend-why not treat them that way!

    January 28, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Ryan Indianapolis

    Cant wait to see Obamas face when he realizes this job is not as easy as he thinks it is and people around the world are going to hate us no matter how much butt kissing he does. The dude is way in over his head, Hey Obama supporters you are idiots for voting in a community orgazinizer that is friends with a terrorist and his preacher is a racist....Yea I said it ,you people are mental midgets.....

    January 28, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. violet

    Obama is not popular with everyone in Canada. At the least, he is a poseur and at the worst he is a fraud. Canadians are not so gullible as some Americans.

    January 28, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. CANADIANS FOR OBAMA

    If we had your president and our values we would be the GREATEST COUNTRY. With his vision and adopting some of our ideas, like health care, he is off to a great start. No one in my counrty has to mortgage their home to pay their medical bills. I am planning to use one of my vacation days just to have an opportunity to greet him when he visits my Capital. He has many well wishers here.

    January 28, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. phili

    I think it is a great step toward diplomacy. No country is too small or big to visit to tell me about the American values.

    January 28, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Canada tried the liberal social agenda that Obama and the left wing of the deocratic party want to push on Americans. Look what they did? Got rid of the leftist and went back to modrate conservatives.

    January 28, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. No Incumbents 2010

    I hope he doesn't take ill. He will be gone a long time if he has to wait for a Doctor's visit.

    January 28, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Larry

    Obama's asked for a copy of Rosetta Stone's "Canadese" training system so he can converse with the foreign nationals.

    January 28, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Griff

    So? What beats me, is; Why does America keep Talking about GOLD??? There is no Value in Gold.... Copper is #1.... What would you do without it America... No Internet. No Electronics...

    January 28, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. AndyL

    Canada are those extra states he was talking about during the elections!

    January 28, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Taa Taa

    Ian has been bloggin agains OBAMA on every site.. Pathetic. And the sad part about it is, Obama could care less.... hehehe!!!

    January 28, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. KURT

    I HOPE HE COMES TO WINDSOR ONTARIO, HE HAS ALLOT OF SUPPORT HERE, AND AT LEAST HE WILL SEE FIRST HAND HOW A NEGATIVE US ECONOMY AFFECTS A CLOSE BORDER CITY LIKE WINDSOR, THE REPUBLICANS THAT ARE AGAINST HIS RECOVERY PLAN SHOULD VISIT WITH HIM TOO.

    January 28, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Ted

    Canada? I think you mean 'East Alaska', in a certain governor's mind!

    January 28, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. chelle

    Yeah!!!! Welcome Obama. And thank you for recognizing that Canada is your biggest trading partner.

    And Matt – the phrasing "first Foreign trip" is not redundant. It denotes that it is a foreign trip. His first trip could be within the US.

    January 28, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. madeinthegreatwhitenorth

    Can't wait for him to arrive. If only we had a progressive government in this country at the same time as the US maybe we could create real economic and environmental across this great continent. And then try to convince the rest of the world that these are good ideas (Europe already knows though).

    January 28, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. A Canadian

    Yes An American, god forbid President Obama gets any ideas about our awful "socialized healthcare" while he is here!

    January 28, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Mr Magoo

    Don't mind Ian Mr President he is the village idiot. The meeting should be held in Calgary.

    January 28, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Allen in Hartwell GA

    His first foreign trip as CINC!!!
    Listen, America had a "Commander In Chief" for for over seven years and we don't need another one. We elected Obama as PRESIDENT and this is how he should be addressed. He might be the commander in chief of the military, but that is where the job title ends. Please, no more CINCs.

    January 28, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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