Oh, Canada! May seem odd to celebrate a U.S. inauguration on foreign soil — but if you can get in, there are few better vantage points than 5th and Pennsylvania NW.
Since 1993, the Canadian embassy has hosted inaugural viewing parties, an event so popular that, with 1,500 guests, it’s now held outside and called a “tailgate.” And it’s sooo Canadian!: Tim Horton coffee, Crown Royal cocktails, gooey piles of poutine, friendly Mounties posing for photos, maple-leaf mittens to take home. Ambassador Gary Doer and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird bantered about the balmy (to them, anyway) weather. “He’s giving me a hard time about the Senators beating the Jets!” Baird said, and the crowd laughed knowingly. Ice hockey, we surmise. Anyway, merci beaucoup.