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    Washington (AFP) - Barack Obama welcomed Canada's youthful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his "quite good looking Canadian delegation" to the White House Thursday, for a pomp-filled visit designed to rejuvenate US-Canada ties.

    Obama laid out a full band and ceremonial guard on the South Lawn of the White House, making the recently elected prime minister the first Canadian leader in 20 years to receive an official-level visit.

    The pair will later meet in the Oval office, hold a Rose Garden press conference and a coveted state dinner.

    The 54-year-old Obama has saluted Trudeau, 44, as political and generational kin, an ideological bedfellow who shares a belief in the importance of healthcare, gay rights and tackling climate change.

    "I'm proud to be the first American president to stand with a Canadian prime minister and be able to say that in both our nations, healthcare is not a privilege for a few, but is now a right for all," Obama said, touting his landmark healthcare reforms.

    Trudeau echoed those remarks, saying "it's wonderful to see that our American friends and partners share and are working on the exact same objectives."

    But there was some ribbing when Obama joked about national rivalries over whose beer is best and Canada's national obsession, ice hockey.

    "Where's the Stanley Cup right now?" Obama teased. "I'm sorry, is it in my hometown with the Chicago Blackhawks?"

    Trudeau hit back that the team's trio of superstars -- Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith -- were among Canada's greatest exports.

    "There is no relationship in the entire world like the Canada-US relationship," he said.

    Early on Thursday, the White House announced that Canada had agreed to match an existing US target of reducing "methane emissions by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 from the oil and gas sector."

    The two countries also agreed on measures to better manage the Arctic wilderness, creating low-impact shipping corridors and managing fish stocks.

    - Changing of the guard -

    During former prime minister Stephen Harper's long tenure, the environment had been a serious point of contention with Washington.

    Harper had argued forcefully for building a new trans-border pipeline to carry Canadian crude through the United States, a plan that Obama ultimately vetoed.

    Obama and Trudeau met as their country's leaders for the first time at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila in November, a month after the Canadian won a general election.

    Then, the two men put aside differences over Syria and the fight against the Islamic State group to joke about graying hair and trade compliments about their spouses and kids.

    Trudeau has refused to reconsider a decision to pull Canadian jets out of Iraq and Syria, a campaign promise.

    Still, Obama was effusive: "I'm confident that he's going to be able to provide a great boost of energy and transform the Canadian political landscape," Obama said, inviting Trudeau to visit Washington.

    "The first call I made to him, I said, 'Justin, congratulations. You and your family look great. I know Canadians are incredibly inspired by your message of hope and change,'" Obama said, echoing the messages of his own 2008 election campaign.

    "I just want to point out that I had no gray hair when I was in your shoes seven years ago. So if you don't want to gray like me you have to start dyeing it soon. Because it's too late."

    Trudeau joked that gray hair was beyond his control and said he looked forward to the trip to Washington.

    "My wife Sophie is going to be very excited to hear about Michelle's garden, because she has started a vegetable garden as well in our backyard," he said, referring to the US first lady.

    "But what Barack pointed out to me about how fast his daughters grew in the seven years since that first night of his electoral victory really struck home to me," Trudeau said.

    "I am making sure to try and remain as attentive and present for my kids, not just because it makes me a better parent and a better person, but also because it's what keeps us focused as leaders on what actually matters."

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    nice to see they get along well. Relations are always better when our leaders do (Reagan/Mulroney, Clinton/Chretien) Not as good when they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    nice to see they get along well. Relations are always better when our leaders do (Reagan/Mulroney, Clinton/Chretien) Not as good when they don't.
    What do you think Obama thought of Harper and vice versa? Obviously there was tension regarding the pipeline, but do you think it went further than that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motherload View Post
    What do you think Obama thought of Harper and vice versa? Obviously there was tension regarding the pipeline, but do you think it went further than that?
    Not fans of each other.

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    I realize that I'm not adding to the conversation with this point but I'm not a fan of people of significance hugging. There is a certain amount of professionalism and formality that I expect between heads of state where an embrace is not appropriate. I doubt Putin does much hugging (I don't like the guy but I do like how he carries himself.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindtotheWorld View Post
    I realize that I'm not adding to the conversation with this point but I'm not a fan of people of significance hugging. There is a certain amount of professionalism and formality that I expect between heads of state where an embrace is not appropriate. I doubt Putin does much hugging (I don't like the guy but I do like how he carries himself.)
    That's not an embrace - it's more like a pat on the back like "bro's" do. More of pat on the back.

    Fuck, I hate the word bro.

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    Great speech by Obama yesterday. Justin a little too political in his in my opinion. Need to be careful to not turn off either party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindtotheWorld View Post
    I realize that I'm not adding to the conversation with this point but I'm not a fan of people of significance hugging. There is a certain amount of professionalism and formality that I expect between heads of state where an embrace is not appropriate. I doubt Putin does much hugging (I don't like the guy but I do like how he carries himself.)
    Trudeau is a hugger. He's a very warm, genuine individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    Great speech by Obama yesterday. Justin a little too political in his in my opinion. Need to be careful to not turn off either party.

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    Justin's speech and Q&A at America University today was AMAZING. Watched it live and it was a very proud moment seeing all the comments coming in from all over the world...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnangel View Post
    Justin's speech and Q&A at America University today was AMAZING. Watched it live and it was a very proud moment seeing all the comments coming in from all over the world...
    didnt see the Q&A. Will have to look that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnangel View Post
    Trudeau is a hugger. He's a very warm, genuine individual.
    Wish we could have him, instead of Hilary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    Wish we could have him, instead of Hilary.
    I've seen alot of this thought on twitter.

    My favourite response was someone saying something alongs the lines of "thanks for visiting, pay no attention to the politicians as they don't work for us anymore"

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