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Obamawa — the official agenda


 

Hot off the presses.  I’d like to see how Harper “farewells the president”. Will he give him the terrorist fist jab? The whole kaboodle after the break:

 

Media program

Visit of the President of the United States Barack Obama

February 19, 2009

OTTAWA

1030 Arrival in Canada

 

Canada Reception Centre

 

Note: The Welcoming Party participants are the following:

Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean Governor General of

Canada

His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Terry Breese, Chargé d=Affaires of the United States of America to Canada

Mr. Robert Peck, Chief of Protocol of Canada

Mr. Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

Note: RCMP Honour Guard will be welcoming the President

*Media: Photo-op only

 

1050 Meeting with the Governor General of Canada

Canada Reception Centre

*Media: Pool photo op only (at the beginning of the meeting)

 

1140 Arrival at Parliament Hill

 

The President will be greeted by the Prime Minister

Centre block, bottom of the stairs

 

Welcoming Ceremony

Rotunda

 

Note: The Welcoming Party participants are the following:

The Honourable Noël Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate

The Honourable Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons

Mr. Paul C. Bélisle, Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the Parliaments

Ms. Audrey O`Brien, Clerk of the House of Commons

Mr. Kevin MacLeod Usher of the Black Rod

Mr. Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms

 

Signing Ceremony

Rotunda

 

Note: The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons will

invite the President to sign the Distinguished Visitors Books of the Senate and of

the House of Commons

 

*Media: Pool photo op only

 

1155 Meeting (Tête à tête) with the Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

*Media: Pool photo op only (at the end of the Tête à tête)

 

1255 Working Luncheon given by the Prime Minister of Canada

 

Note: The Luncheon participants from the Canadian Delegation are the following:

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Honourable James Flaherty, Minister of Finance

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment

Kevin Lynch, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Claude Carrière, Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister

Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

Guy Giorno, Chief of Staff

Kory Teneycke, Director of Communications

*Media: closed

 

1440 President and Prime Minister walk down the Hall of Honour

Hall of Honour

*Media: Pool photo op only

 

1445 Joint Media Availability

Reading Room

*Media: Open to pool media

 

1535 The Prime Minister farewells the President

Rotunda

*Media: Pool photo op only

 

1600 Meeting with the Leader of the Opposition

Canada Reception Centre

*Media: Pool photo op only (at the beginning of the meeting)

 

1715 Departure from Canada

Canada Reception Centre

 

Note: The Farewell Party participants are the following:

The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and

Communities

Mr. Terry Breese, Chargé d`affaires of the United States of America to Canada

Mr. Robert Peck, Chief of Protocol of Canada

Mr. Michael Wilson Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

Note: RCMP Honour Guard will farewell the President

*Media: Photo op only


 
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Obamawa — the official agenda

  1. Geez, all that just to make sure Obama and Ignatieff can’t have more than a cup of coffee. That Harper is a paranoid sly fox, playing chess with macaroni pieces…

  2. 11 55 – the “tête”? Offensive?

    • How would that possibly be offensive?

      • I believe “Dot” is making reference to the tet offensive, you know during the Vietnam war. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive). I believe they are joking

        still though, a very poor joke.

    • To pretend that tete-a-tete is offensive is either bad humour (or no humour at all) or plain ignorance of the French language (shamely not surprising for many of Macleans forum participants)

      • Elle faisait allusion à l’Offensive du Tét pendant la guerre du Viet Nam. Shamméement.

        • I had no idea “shamméement” was a word. Are you sure you didn’t just make it up?

          • : ) Quite right! A rather too roundabout dig at christian martel’s “shamely” & random put-down of us. Figured “shamely” had to derive from some hitherto unknown word . . .

          • :) Le mot que tu cherches est “honteusement”. Félicitations pour ton effort, sans l’aide d’un dictionnaire.

          • That last sentence would make a good epitaph. Come to think of it, it reminds me forcefully of my Grade 4 French teacher, she of the mordant irony.

            Actually I shouldn’t have been harsh on “shamely,” methinks he wanted “shamefully” and just left out the “-ful-.” I always find it interesting which suffixes are hard to grasp.

          • Hmmm, I missed the earlier Martel reference and loose translation. Subtle.

        • No, actually, this time it was not a joke. It was a question. I believe I am a bit older than some posters on this blog, and I know, like Jack, that this is a loaded word in American history. And I suspect most American’s don’t know the meaning of the french word – but they know what it sounds like.

          If I thought it upon reading, I suspect someone else may as well. A different choice of words by would have been preferable in the official agenda. Yes, in poor taste, but it was not a joke.

          • If I thought it upon reading, I suspect someone else may as well.

            “…as Well.” Reminds me of “Orwell.”

            Oh, well.

          • Try the phrase out on your Luntz-meter.

          • Try the phrase out on your Luntz-meter.

            I can’t work one of those. I’m too busy listening to think about how I “feel” about what I’m hearing.

          • Ahhh, you must be of the four legged variety.

          • Ahhh, you must be of the four legged variety.

            Yes, I’m stupid.

          • It was propaganda (ie an untrue claim). Know your citations.

          • What are you talking about? What was an untrue claim?

          • I thought you knew.

            No. Unfortunately, I don’t have 10 voices in my head making associations all over the place. Which was the point I was making in the first place regarding your “tet offensive” meander.

            Enough of this distracting. I’m off examine just out how dull the Obamathon is.

        • And who better to know the power of words than a writer? Two sentences, three words. And three very negative responses. I prove my point. (CR is probably of the same generation as the original writer)

  3. I wonder if Iggy can insinuate himself into the dinner, er…luncheon – what hells wrong with timmys anyway, Obama’s broke isn’t he? Maybe the whole coalition gang can bluff their way in? Yes yes, i see it now, Gilles can be the snooty French waiter, Michael will be the even snootier mat’re de and Jack can be the busboy. That oughta give Steve indigestion.
    Nah it”ll never fly. Michael will refuse on principle to serve the Alberta warmer that Steve brought, Gilles will leave in a snit because Obama can’t order en France and Jack will insist on being paid double time for workng over the lunch hour. Better stick to Timmys.

    • I don’t know KC .. I am not sure Stevie boy wants Gillie anywhere near his food preparation. (Jack as bus boy was a nice touch cruel but still a nice touch)

  4. You missed one:
    15 55 PM holds press conference to announce that carbon capturing will enable Canada to host the real Beatle reunion. And that it wasn’t Yoko that broke them up in the first place, but Trudeau and Ignatieff.
    Media: Open to pool media and duffy. catered.

  5. That’s a whole lot of nothing in order for Harper and Obama to meet/talk for one hour. The schedule illustrates why I find most diplomacy to be rather dubious.

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