Acknowledging all of the other obvious reasons, is the public’s seemingly genuine affection for Barack Obama at least somewhat attributable to Barack’s Obama seemingly genuine affection for the public?
What percentage of Canadians will be more impressed with the President’s visit to the market than anything he said at this afternoon’s press conference?
How many times in, say, the last year has the Prime Minister allowed us to see him in a similarly uncontrolled environment?
Did it happen even once during the last campaign?
Were Paul Martin or Jean Chretien or Brian Mulroney any different?
Consider, for that matter, the following clip of the President in Elkhart, Indiana last week. When was the last time any Prime Minister participated in such a forum and left open the possibility of such a situation?