The building, an icon of presidential power, was decked out in Canadian and U.S. flags up to the balconies of the famous columns of the portico.
Many in the crowd were Canadian expats some of whom marveled at the rarity of hearing Americans ask them about their prime minister back home.
He says Americans don’t always express their appreciation for their Canadian friends.
Amid unseasonable warmth, Obama recalls that his first foreign trip as president was, unfairly, to Ottawa in February.
For good measure, he’s thrown in a few Canadianisms, including an “eh” and a “bonjour.”
Trudeau and Obama stood to attention as a 19-gun salute rang out and a band played both national anthems.
Both leaders then ventured to the edge of the lawn to shake hands with some gathered schoolchildren, many of them brandishing small U.S. and Canadian flags.
(The Canadian Press)