Who had the best zingers: Trudeau or Obama?
Canada is a bit of a punchline in the United States (and, to a certain extent, vice-versa), so it wasn’t surprising that some cross-border dad humour worked its way into the carefully choreographed diplomatic agenda during Justin Trudeau’s official visit to the White House on Thursday. Who zinged it best? Let’s see.
Obama’s sick hockey burn
After invoking the Canada/U.S. hockey rivalry, Obama wondered, rhetorically: “Where’s the Stanley Cup right now? I’m sorry, is it in my hometown? With the Chicago Blackhawks?” After he finished talking, foreign trade minister Chrystia Freeland, who happened to be standing in the front row, shouted “Raptors!”—which makes no sense.
Trudeau’s hockey retort
Afterward, Trudeau pointed out that the Chicago Blackhawks probably wouldn’t have won the cup without a few Canadians on their roster.
Trudeau mourns the Expos
The PM’s joke about Montreal’s erstwhile baseball team didn’t get any laughs from the Rose Garden crowd.
Obama comments on Trudeau’s comely locks
“If in fact you plan to keep your dark hair, then you have to start dying it early. You hit a certain point, it’s too late. You’ll be caught.”
Obama tries to pronounce “Mississauga”
Obama gleefully butchered the name of Canada’s sixth largest city.
Obama mocks Canada’s biggest contribution to U.S. presidential politics
There was no way we were going to get through an entire Canadian state dinner without someone making a Ted Cruz joke.
Obama rips on bagged milk
HOW DARE YOU, SIR? Ready the nukes.
Obama makes a Bieber joke
“You may just be the most popular Canadian named Justin,” the president told the PM.
Trudeau burns the U.S. Olympic hockey team
Yeesh. Enough with the hockey humour.
Trudeau comes to the other Justin’s defense
“Leave it to a Canadian to reach international fame with a song called ‘Sorry.'” Blech.
Trudeau’s hair retort
The PM pointed out that his hair, unlike Obama’s, seems to be maintaining its lustre. Canadian exceptionalism!