President Barack Obama visited Ottawa, Canada (2009)
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
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.
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