January 28th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
4 years 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. California Gold

    I wonder if Sarah Palin will be able to see Obama from her kitchen window.

    January 28, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. KLS

    I'm glad Obama is reaching out to Canada!! Bush and some Americans were upset when Canada said "NO" to the invasion of Iraq. Canada is a wonderful country and a great ally.

    January 28, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Scott W.

    I didn't realize there were so many sheeple north of the border, but I guess gullibility knows no bounds... You Cannucks can keep him!

    January 28, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Pat F

    Canada? Zzzzz

    January 28, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Tiff of lithia springs

    It's a good trip to get your feet wet and get comfortable traveling abroad as the new Potus.

    January 28, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. hitobito

    I think the Repubs will be very surprised at the welcome the Canadians give to President Obama. Canada is our closest ally, our largest trading partner and our largest supplier of energy. When times are tough, the Canadians are always there for us. And they happen to be the most genteel people in the world! If you don't believe me, visit Newfoundland....you will be amazed!

    January 28, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |

    I remember his aides visiting Canada when he was running against Hillary. They told Canada, "don't worry, all that stuff he is saying about NAFTA on the campaign trail is a bunch of malarkey, we got your back Canada"

    January 28, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Rick in Az

    It seems interesting that President Obama is going to Canada. I have noticed that Obama has been trying to keep alot of his campaign promises that he made. With no disrespect to our neighbors up North, but if President Obama goes to Canada and expresses to the Canadian leadership that N.A.F.T.A has to be adjusted to help benefit the people of the country that elected him President. Then he will have shown more courage in one visit to Canada than EVERY single republican leader, that has bowed and worshiped at the alters of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    January 28, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. patrickquinlan

    I think its wonderful that we have a president that is so committed to reaching out to the rest of the world. He is really showing himself to be an adept commander-in-chief, as well as top diplomat. I just hope that those prank callers who got Palin so bad don't try to fool Obama; he might prove a tougher challenge

    January 28, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Dawn

    Is Canada really a foreign Country?

    To An American, were you living in a bubble for 8 years? The American Government did rule us and would never tell us anything that we needed to know. They were secretive and deceiving the American people. How many Americans don't have health insurance, better yet how many Americans don't have a job, house or their life savings. You are a right neocon moran!

    Ian you must be a distraught Palin fan. Go on Palin Pac.org.

    January 28, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Vivienne

    Great! We need to apologize for treating Canada so badly because they didn't want to get involved in a stupid war that has helped to make us less safe and less prosperous.

    I like seeing him out of this country. It makes us all feel proud. It makes us feel like our former selves like when Clinton and Reagan would go abroad. No matter what you felt about them, you always felt like America was just GREAT!

    January 28, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Allen in Hartwell GA

    His first foreign trip as "Commander In Chief"!!!
    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 it is just a job title and not a rank. Please, no more "Commanders In Chief".

    January 28, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Canada will have the extra ordinary experience of meeting one of Americas brightest of all presidents. Oh, I almost forgot, and handsome too.

    January 28, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. L.V.

    No Dave.. he cant stay. Get your own Barack Obama. Dont try to steal ours!!!!

    January 28, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Cynthia in Canada

    We LOVE Obama in Canada!
    He will be welcomed with open arms!!
    We only wish we had such a kind, intelligent, charismatic and enlightened leader here.

    January 28, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Sandra

    Welcome to Canada, Mr. President! We Canadians welcome your global perspective and diplomacy first approach. For the past seven years, we have had to sit and watch our closest neighbour wage war and ruffle feathers around the world, simultaneously telling us and the majority of nations "if you're not with us you are against us." Our country's people (though not necessarily our current puppet prime minister, who was a Bush fan) will be your strongest allies going forward.

    January 28, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Robyn

    To the poster "an american"... So you consider being able to go to the doctor and not be asked for a cc first bad? Or is a lower crime rate and cities without 'ghettos' undesirable? Or how about Canada not being in the same boat as America because the banks have to fabide by strict codes?

    The average standard of living is much more enjoyable for a Canadian, so they must be doing something right!

    January 28, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. ozzy

    Mr. President.. Please visit Tdot.. we love you

    January 28, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Dixie

    Canada will be a great beginning to all of the countries that Obama will visit during his presidency and I know Canadians love him too!

    January 28, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Ted:Canada

    Welcome Obama!

    38 million and growing!
    No! we are not the biggest but if you size up ALL the countries in the world you will not find a better friend!

    This song best depicts the history "With a Little Help from My Friends"

    CNN you may not know it but you have millions and millions of followers north of the 49...

    CNN make sure you are there!

    January 28, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. gg

    yes canada said no to the oil war in iraq but was one of the countrys to send troops to afganistan where the real war was welcome president obama

    January 28, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Joe the Troll

    Maybe he can do something about all those cold fronts they keep sending us.

    January 28, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. opy in canada

    If only Obama had a twin. sigh. Harper is not too popular up here but President Obama is very popular. Can we have him?

    You may call our medical care socialist but it is the best in the world. My health coverage costs $300. a year (thats three hundred dollars). I just had 2 cat scans and an MRI and it didnt cost me a dime out of pocket. That also included 4 drs. visits & a hospital stay. Compare it to your coverage & I'll bet we win.

    We still love our neighbors. God Bless the USA and Canada.

    January 28, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. paul

    Hey "An American", you're right, he could get some tips on our healthcare, and maybe you too could pay 1/3 for better healthcare... Its not socialism to have a national healthcare system, its called purchasing power!!!

    January 28, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. JPM from Canada

    We'll be there – welcoming him! I can't wait. We live 8 hours from the capital, but we're already planning to go!

    81% of Canadians approve of Obama. Don't forget, outside of the U.S., Canadians probably know more about GW Bush than any other country. We welcome the change for the whole world's sake.

    Man, did Bush ever mess things up!

    January 28, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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