Well the American President Barack Obama is making his 1st foreign visit and restored the tradition that the new Presidents' 1st visit is to Canada. This is as it should be as we are the closest allies, friends and trading partners. He arrived in Ottawa just shortly after 10:00 am and was greeted by the Govenor General, no pomp and circumstances as this is not an offical State Visit but a working one. He came to discuss mutual concerns that affect both countries and to get to know PM Harper. Lets' hope they get along. That has not always been the case. Kennedy called Diefenbaker an S.O.B. , Johnson grabed Pearson by the labels and gave him what for because he spoke out against Viet Nam and what Nixon called Trudeau is in the realm of unprintable. All in all though we work out our differences, mainly because we have to, and get along pretty good. Of course the Capitol was all ga ga over Obamas visit and in away it irked me a little as the people treated it like the second coming. He is after all the American President not our Prime Minister and when push comes to shove it is his duty to put America first and if that means screwing Canada a little or a lot so be it. This is understandable. So all my fellow countrymen keep in mind that he is not one of us nor is he the Messiah come to rid the world of its problems with a wave of his arm. I wish Him all the best but I also hope that our leaders keep their priorities straight and put Canada first and foremost in their endeavours.