After spending the first three days of the week on the economy, President Barack Obama turned to diplomacy. He flew to Ottawa for talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper where he seemed "a little bit unprepared for the rousing reception," according to NBC's Chuck Todd. "The enthusiasm was overwhelming among ordinary Canadians."
All three White House correspondents reminded us that then-candidate Obama had dissed the NAFTA treaty. It was "a popular position in battleground states with high unemployment but it caused an uproar in Canada," noted CBS' Chip Reid. The Prime Minister "in very diplomatic terms seemed to lecture the President on protectionist tendencies," observed NBC's Todd. In response, ABC's Jake Tapper found, "gone was the rhetoric of the Ohio primary."
A "fun fact to note," NBC's Todd concluded, was that the President "admitted in an interview with a Canadian TV network that he has never seen a hockey game."
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