While his wife Michelle Obama and daughters are off on tour in Africa, President Barack Obama did some travelling of his own by venturing north of the border to reunite with his friend Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. The politicians were joined by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders’ Summit, also known as the Three Amigos Summit.
After arriving in Canada on Wednesday morning (Jun. 29), President Obama headed to the capital's National Gallery of Canada before speaking in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill. The last U.S. President to address parliament was Bill Clinton in 1995. Barack's visit to the country is expected to be his last as sitting president of the United States.
The father of two's visit to Ottawa comes three months after Justin and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau made their first state visit to Washington. The couple's three-day-stay with the POTUS and First Lady was full of cheerful conversation, mutual admiration and a glitzy banquet held in the visiting Canadian couple's honour.
To celebrate their neighbours to the north, Barack and Michelle called on the White House's expert staff to transform the historic residence's East Room into a spring-themed wonderland complete with cascading floral arrangements, bright and beautiful backdrops and pops of Canadian flair for good measure.
Rounding out the Canadian contingent were Mike Myers, Michael J. Fox, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and actor Ryan Reynolds, who was accompanied by his expectant wife Blake Lively. The actress upped the glamour in a pale blue grecian-inspired gown. While Justin and Sophie's three children missed out on the glitzy affair, Barack and Michelle's gorgeous daughters Sasha and Malia were in attendance to help their parents toast their Canadian counterparts.