Wed Dec 1, 3:26 AM ET White House - AP
By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
OTTAWA - President Bush (news - web sites) tried on Tuesday to repair U.S.-Canadian relations strained by years of bickering over trade and Iraq (news - web sites), although he stood by policies that have irritated Canadians. He did promise Prime Minister Paul Martin to work toward easing a U.S. ban on Canadian beef.
Even as thousands of Canadian protesters thronged the streets to protest his visit, Bush brushed aside suggestions that his decisions had damaged U.S.-Canada ties. Asked about polls that show Canadian opposition to his policies runs high, Bush pointed to his own re-election this month as the survey that mattered. "We just had a poll in our country when people decided that the foreign policy of the Bush administration ought to stay in place for four more years," Bush said at a joint news conference with Martin.
I hate to break it to you, Mr. Bush, but getting buddy-buddy with the people who build your e-voting machines and so they'll fiddle the numbers in your favor does not in any way, shape or form constitute popular support for your policies.
"I made some decisions, obviously, that some
"Some"? Try "the majority".
in Canada didn't agree with, like, for example, removing Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and enforcing the demands of the United Nations (news - web sites) Security Council," Bush said.
Reports were not able to substantiate whether Bush's remarks were in fact bald-faced lies or the result of massive, psychotic delusion at the time.
While he acknowledged no mistakes, Bush joked about his reception here.
"I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave, with all five fingers, for their hospitality," he said.
Indeed, Canadians for the most part lived up to their reputation for reserve as Bush made his way from the airport to downtown Ottawa. Most stood waving excitedly at Bush's enormous motorcade as it snaked down the road.
Many of Bush's opponents were polite. One of the first signs he saw read "Please Leave."
Others were more blunt. At lunchtime, a sign close to Bush's motorcade urged him to go home and depicted him riding atop a missile with a swastika on it.
The beef ban is a leading irritant in a relationship that has suffered during Bush's presidency, and the issue loomed large in Bush's first official trip to Canada.
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