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article imageOp-Ed: Did Obama Snub Canada, Or just the Prime Minister?

By James Raider     Sep 17, 2009 in Politics
When a country's leader is on foreign soil, he represents his country. Did Obama's loud missing presence at Harper's arrival to the White House represent a snub? If so, of what or whom?
Here is the footage: Barack Obama snubs PM Stephen Harper
We can assume the President is busy, however, when the leader of America's biggest trading partner travels to Washington, does it make a difference if it is for a "working" meeting, as opposed to a "State" meeting?
Does it matter that when Stephen Harper shows up at the White House representing Canada, he gets let in the door by a low level employee, and the President is nowhere to be seen?
Is there a message in this rather peculiar method of welcoming a foreign country's leader?
It should not be too much to ask that the Prime Minister of Canada be treated with a little more respect. Do Canadians care how they're treated in Washington? Does it really matter?
You decide.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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