Giddy, positively, giddy, they say is the mood in Canada. Or at least in the Prime Minister's office. And what could inspire such a state in what must be an altogether too sombre place, you ask.
Well, it's quite simple really. Variously referred to as "The Obamanator", "The Big O" and "The Obamessiah", in some circles [but not here, that would be disrespectful], President Barack Obama is coming to town. Or to Ottawa, anyway. Close enough.
Although, perhaps in all fairness, it should be noted that not all Canadians are completely giddy at the thought. Michael Ignatieff, the fearless new leader of the federal Liberal party, is bound and determined to let President Obama know that, come hell or high water, Canada must leave Afghanistan by 2011. And, fearless as he is, he also plans to warn the President against economic protectionism while extolling the virtues of free trade.
I hope Iggy can talk fast; something tells me that he's not going to have a whole lot of time. To be persuasive.
Meanwhile, some are taking the opportunity of this visit to raise the profile of their own agendas, saying that Obama's plans to stiffen environmental regulations will leave Canada looking less than green. Or maybe that's green with envy, I'm not quite sure.
And the media?
Me thinks they might be feeling just a wee tiny bit jealous.
History tells us that when the president of the United States of America comes to Canada, his people make all the decisions they care to make, which seems appropriate enough, given how much more important and powerful they are.Yup, we're gonna have fun, fun, fun 'til the President decides to fly away. *
* Yeah, I'm open to better suggestions for that last line.
Update: It's official. Obamamania has arrived! Complete with Obamaburgers and