It’s enough to make every US citizen want to wave the Maple Leaf flag, in positive appreciation and solidarity with our northern neighbors. Right now we are all Canadians.
I can tell you this Allan. Go on line and check out any time that Barack Obama has visited Canada in an official capacity, and see the rock star treatment that he received. I’m not old enough to remember JFK in Canada (although I’ve seen the videos), but I am old enough to say that Obama, to this day, is the most popular U.S. President in Canada in my memory. Jimmy Carter was very popular in Canada for a while as U.S. Presidents go, but Obama has had a more lasting appeal.
In the run up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, Nick Nanos had a very unusual poll in Canada where he asked which candidate Canadians would vote for if Canada were the 51st State. The results were what I would have expected. Among those who knew enough about American politics to give an answer, it was about 80-20 in favour of Obama. Nanos reported that if Canada were the 51st state, it would be challenging the district of Columbia for the most reliable area for Democratic votes.
Today, the vast majority of Canadians would gladly trade up their national leader with the U.S., according to the polls. In the spirit of Henny Youngman, take Stephen Harper…please. We’ll gladly take Barack in exchange. He seems more Canadian.