What Country Will President Obama Visit First?

As a Canadian, I am more than a little disappointed to see that our new neighbour-elect to the south doesn’t appear to be considering a visit with our very own newly re-elected Prime Minister mini-Bush here at ‘our home on native land’.

Instead, it seems that Britain will be getting the honour of President Obama’s first visit.

In fact, Canada doesn’t even make it onto the Economist’s list of potential first places. Maybe we’re a little too close to home?

Where do you think Obama should go first?

THANKS to its “special relationship” with America, Britain is firm favourite to be the first country that Barack Obama will visit as president, according to Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker. Although Nicolas Sarkozy will no longer be president of the European Union in 2009, France is offered at 3/1 to receive President Obama. Germany, despite Mr Obama’s rapturous welcome in Berlin earlier this year, is given longer odds not only over its Gallic neighbour, but also Iraq and Afghanistan. At 10/1, Kenya is reckoned a more likely first stop than Israel or Japan.

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