(CNN) – President Obama arrived in this snowy capital city for his first foreign trip greeted by 17 Canadian mounties – and thousands of ordinary fans chanting a familiar campaign theme.
Chants of “Yes we can! Yes we can!” could be heard as thousands of Canadians lined the streets to greet Obama’s motorcade. One hand-made sign simply said, “After God, It’s Obama.”
The President seemed to bask in the adulation as he arrived at the Parliament building for a working lunch with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
After walking into Parliament, Obama coaxed Harper to come outside the building so the beaming President could wave to the adoring crowd – a sharp contrast from the hostile anti-war protests that used to greet former President Bush’s trips north.
One U.S. embassy official on the ground here passed along a bit of insight that may help explain the diplomatic love for Obama. The official confided that thousands of Canadians crossed the border into America last year to volunteer for the Democrat’s presidential campaign in border states.
But the lovefest will not last long. Obama will be staying on the ground here for just a few hours, not even long enough to have dinner and that was by design.
Two officials familiar with the planning for the trip tell CNN the President did not want a lavish dinner during his first foreign visit – not the right image while America is suffering through a recession.
America hearts Pres. Obama, too. Well, the majority (53%) do. That'll work for me, though. It was enough to win.
Excuse me while I puke up this super-syruppy CNN-Obama love goo.
Obama you are the greatest but I hope you didn't offend them by turning down dinner.
I see that Kool-Aid is an international drink.
And the Neocon hate will start in 3... 2... 1....
Wonderful.....that's how an American president is supposed to be greeted. I kid you not.....he will get that kind of reception in every country he visits! Change has come to America!
Way to go Mr. President!!!
Keep up the great work!!!
Thumbs UP Canada, Thank you for such a warm reception of our President.
Thank you, Canada, our family to the North, for welcoming our President! Please ignore the angry rants of the Right on these posts. Americans support our President and we love Canada!
How do you know that the "lovefest will not last too long"?
Canada is a pointless country full of democrats...next.
Bon jour Canada!
That is the most innovative placard I have ever seen – "Yes (Oui) CANada".
What? No protests?
After GOD it is OBAMA. Yes We Can God bless President Obama.
“After God, It’s Obama.”
Whoever made that sign should seriously contemplate suicide.
awwww! America Hearts Canada
To all you adoring Canadians. Please keep obama in canada. We don't want him here. But make sure you send back Air Force One!!!!!!!!
How nice to once again hear cheers rather than jeers
I'll bet there wasn't even one:"Hey,take off eh,you hoser".....
Canada does ♥ Obama. I hope we continue to ♥ each other. Our countries are so completely tied in ways I am not sure many Americans fully appreciate. Protectionism where we are concerned would be extremely hurtful to both countries, and I hope that we can continue to work together so we can both recover from this economic downturn.
It looks like the obama Kool-Aid made it's way across the north border. And I repeat SEND BACK AIRFORCE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't it GREAT to have a PRESIDENT that we can BE PROUD OF!
Isn't it amazing how much respect we gained just by electing Barack HUSSIEN Obama. Imagine the (respect) deficit we would be in if we elected John McNasty and Sarah McPalin?
I am proud of America because we showed the world that even though we have done some dumb things... we are still the smartest country on earth and we have an intellectual running our country. I mean, it only makes sense... when you hire somebody for an important job.. you hire the smartest and brightest.. not someone with a C average who is well connected like Bush.
I Love America!!!! Before Obama and much more after Obama!!!
Pretty much sums up his following down here... except maybe Obama being listed ahead of God.
The USA hearts Obama, too!!!
Hey Obama – why don't you try to smile and wave in Gaza? I hear that your buddy Israel has warmed up the crowd for you.
Or how about in the last village bombed in Afghanistan? A Predator drone has the crowd really excited to see you.