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12/01/2004

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.

"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]
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.

 

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