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President Barack Obama visited Ottawa, Canada (2009)

Updated on May 4, 2015

President Obama in Ottawa Canada

In his first official foreign trip after taking office in January 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama was welcomed on to Canadian soil at the Ottawa airport on the morning of February 19, 2009 by Michaelle Jean, Canada's Governor-General and by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.)

US President Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Harper Parliament Hill and later with Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff at the Ottawa International Airport.

During an unplanned stop at Ottawa's ByWard Market, U.S. President Barack Obama caused a furore when he stopped to buy a beaver tail and two maple leaf cookies for his daughters Sasha and Malia.

President Obama, who has family living in Burlington, Ontario, said to the news media that he's looking forward to coming back to Canada, "as soon as it warms up." I guess maybe it was just a little too cold...

Photo credit: Jim Young, Reuters

President Obama getting a Beaver-Tail Photo credit: The Chronicle Herald

President Obama getting a Beaver-Tail Photo credit: The Chronicle Herald
President Obama getting a Beaver-Tail Photo credit: The Chronicle Herald

What is a Beaver-tail?

It's an Ottawa treat that has nothing to do with Canada's national symbol, the beaver.

What is a Beaver-tail? A BeaverTail is a flat, deep-fried, doughnut-like pastry served plain or topped with any number of toppings from raspberry syrup, to chocolate drizzle, cinnamon or there is even the "Obama-tail" which is made with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate.

Incidentally, Canadians had told that President Obama would not be appearing in public and were certainly taken by his unexpected appearance.

Barack Obama's Visit To Ottawa - A brief Youtube video showing the excitement that Barack Obama generated in Ottawa, Canada on his visit in 2009.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama Biography

President Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961 and became the 445h President of the United States in 2009. The first African American to be President, he was a United States Senator from Illinois between 2005 and 2008, when he resigned to run for President in 2008.

Read more about Barack Obama on Wikipedia.

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      I was in the market the other day where he visited- the sign is still there about the Obama cookie they sell! We bought a cheese croissant instead - expensive and good. And for anyone who has not tried beaver tails - you must not miss it - especially after skating on the canal.

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      7 years ago I can rate it! LOL...thumbs up! Good luck with it Brenda.

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      7 years ago

      I am inspired by President Obama, very few have the charisma that he owns around him.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      My niece and sister actually got to meet Obama when he was campaigning. They are very proud of the photo of them together.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      They went to Canada on my birthday!I have been to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and want to go to Vancouver and Vancouver Island so I can climb Mount Arrowsmith! My great grandfather moved from Alberta (my grandma's name) to California, back when immigration wasn't such a crime!

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      8 years ago

      I was so impressed with Canada (Canadians) when I made my first and only trip last summer to Regina, Saskatchewan (regina-weekend). I would love to see another part of the country. Very nice lens to tell about Canada a bit while spotlighting Barack Obama. Squidoo Angel Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      Great photos and posters! It's always mayhem when a President comes to town.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Great job; my son almost left late for school in order to see if he could catch a glimpse of Obama on the video.

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      8 years ago

      very interesting lens, 5 stars and added to my favourites.

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      9 years ago

      I like those Obama posters with the red and blue colors! Look very iconic!

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      9 years ago

      This is interesting. I pray he does for our country what he has promised.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. Really good ranking. Wow! Way to stay out front. I'm on a 30 day Mental Cleanse where I'm not supposed to look at the news, so I cheated. This was good & positive news. Little enough of that. Thanks for sharing the positive.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Great lens and pics on Obama 5*!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nice lens; I had thought about doing one myself instead I added Obama's Tulip to my page about The Canadian Tulip Festival.Brenda

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      BeccaB LM 

      9 years ago

      Very interesting news, and nice polls. Im surprised to see who voted for him is so even with who didn't. So far atleast :)

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      9 years ago

      There ya go ! :)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • julcal profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for my morning news Kat! I had no idea he went to Canada! :) 5*


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