The 40 or so reporters who have been given the appropriate level of accreditation are currently sequestered in a committee room off Centre Block’s main hall. At the front of the room is a projection screen broadcasting the “pool feed”—at the moment we have exclusive access to a shot of the President’s car, parked at the entrance of the Ottawa airport. There are smaller televisions showing network broadcasts to the left and right of the big screen. The volume is not loud enough on either to actually hear what’s being said. Someone has inexplicably piped in classical music. A half dozen Canadian reporters are trying to sort out what two questions the President will be asked at this afternoon’s press conference.