Adoring Canadians Cheer Obama

President receives warm welcome in the frost on first foreign trip
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2009 5:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama found a new world of fans north of the border yesterday. His first foreign trip as president was greeted by a rare wave of pro-American sentiment on the streets of Ottawa, reports the Los Angeles Times. Thousands of people stood for hours in the slush in front of Parliament and along his motorcade route waiting for a glimpse of the president, holding signs with slogans like "Yes We CANada."

The president thanked his Canadian supporters after a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper following their meeting yesterday, acknowledging his popularity in a country where polls show his approval rating is slightly higher than in the US—and almost 50 points higher than Harper's.