Bush in Canada
President George W. Bush stopped for a day of neighbourly diplomacy in Canada yesterday. He thanked those "Canadian people who came out to wave - with all five fingers" along his route into Ottawa. Then he delivered the verbal equivalent of a single-fingered rebuff to his many critics north of the border.Is it too much to ask that our President not be a dick? Dan Froomkin rounds up a lot of the coverage of Bush's visit in his White House Briefing, and the Canadian Press and NYT provide some meta-analysis.
"I haven't seen the polls you look at," Mr Bush said, when asked about his unpopularity among Canadians. "We just had a poll in our country," Mr Bush continued with a faint smile, "where people decided that the foreign policy of the Bush administration ought to be - stay in place for four more years."
Mr Bush's comments reflect both the convivial tone of yesterday's joint press conference with Paul Martin, Canada's prime minister, and the self-assured "victory lap" quality of Mr Bush's international outreach since re-election. [Financial Times]