Wednesday, January 28, 2009

No address to Parliament for Obama

A missed opportunity for an historic moment:
"There had been hopes that Obama might address Parliament the way presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman have done before him.

But the House isn't sitting during the week of his visit. There were suggestions that MPs might be called back early to take in Obama's legendary oratory skills in Parliament, but no such address is scheduled."
From AP:
Parliament Hill had been abuzz with speculation that Obama would follow in the footsteps of about 50 other world leaders who have done so.
No idea how much the PMO might have had to do with the scheduling of the visit. It would be likely that Obama is a little busier than Harper, after all. But they are saying things like this:

A senior Canadian government official said Mr. Obama will not be addressing Parliament during what he described as purely a "working visit."

"We're looking to minimize the amount of time spent on ceremony and maximize the amount of time focused on a robust agenda."

A real disappointment for Canadians who, if asked, would absolutely want to see him address Parliament.