i think it's safe to say that your president's visit to my country - short as it was - was an unqualified success.
not only did he make the day of the several thousand people who braved early snow and VERY high security to wait on Parliament Hill to see him by getting out of that monster car and then asking our Prime Minister if he could go wave to the waiting throngs, he later made an unscheduled stop in the Byward Market.
my sister works for the federal gov't for a ministry that had some responsibility for security today. several blocks away from, but overlooking, Parliament Hill, she and several co-workers took binoculars to watch President Obama's arrival. even through the sealed windows, they could hear the crowd cheer when he went up to the barrier at the entrance to the Parliament Building to wave at the waiting people.
i went through Trudeaumania from its inception to the bitter end - when Prime Minister Trudeau died, my sister and i waited hours and hours in line, until close to 3:00 am, to pass by his coffin for all of 30 seconds in the main rotunda of Parliament. (i wrote about it extensively here, but i don't know if the post still exists - it was 2000 when i posted that.)
President Obama's personal charisma reminds me a lot of Prime Minister Trudeau. and i know that a lot of people don't think that charisma equals political acumen (and for those that don't like your president, they call it "arrogance" and rag on him for it), but i actually think it's an important quality for someone in a position of leadership. hey, i studied political science and i work in gov't, maybe i'm biased!
perhaps one of the things that irks me these days, are the people who think that one person cannot make a difference in this crazy world, while there are others who believe and know that they - one person - can make a difference in the lives of others and choose public service for their career path. much of the criticism i see directed at your new president is against his belief in the power of the individual to effect change in this world. but when you look at Gandhi or Dr. King, or yes, even Hitler and Stalin and Churchill, you can see how one individual can make change happen.
(this is rambling, i'm tired, sorry...)
so, as funny as this sounds, when i saw the pictures of President Obama stopping into the restaurant/cafe where i spent many a morning having breakfast when i was shopping, and hearing the excitment and even joy in the voices of those who met him, i felt like i was seeing Trudeaumania all over again. and wished i had been there...