President Obama addressed the Canadian House of Commons and was met with adulation, standing ovations and shouts for “four more years.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto were all together in Ottawa for a summit being dubbed the “Three Amigos Summit.” Making it cuter or more awkward, depending on how you swing, Trudeau coined the term “dudeplomacy” to describe the meeting.
The three charming, charismatic, and popular world leaders got down to business during the historic meeting – it’s the first one Canada has hosted in over a decade. They signed a comprehensive North American climate, clean energy and environment partnership and committed themselves to better protecting the LGBT community.
The three leaders took turns denouncing the isolationist direction of Brexit and the “demagoguery” of politicians like Donald Trump. They were careful however, not to directly challenge his candidacy or mention the orange faced ferret toupee wearing GOP front runner by name.
After Pena Nieto went back to Mexico, the flame on the North American bromance burned bright, when Obama addressed Canada’s House of Commons.
“Thank you for this extraordinary welcome, which tempts me to just shut up and leave because it can’t get any better than this,” Obama began, and then continued for a full 50 minutes, touching on everything from equal pay for women and climate change to economic justice.
“We must not waver in embracing our values, our best selves, our histories as nations of immigrants,” he said.
Obama warned that isolationism is not a solution to economic problems, and he chastised politicians who take advantage of the public’s real concerns about growing inequality and poverty by manipulating and playing on their xenophobia.
“Even if we wanted to, we can’t seal ourselves off from the world,” he said.
The speech went exceedingly well with parliamentarians, who gave standing ovation after standing ovation.
In fact, when he was finished, the floor erupted into a chorus of “Four more years! Four more years!”
That’s infinitely better than a shout of “liar” in the middle of a State of the Union address.
Watch the speech below: