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Obama To Visit Canada Feb. 19

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President Obama's first foreign trip as president will be to Canada, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced today.

The trip will be on February 19, but other details were not announced.

An initial trip to Canada has been expected for some time. The Associated Press reports that four of the last seven presidents have chosen the U.S.'s northern neighbor as their first international trip.

However, as CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports, President Bush did not visit Canada first.

On Feb. 16, 2001, Mr. Bush made a visit to Mexico for talks with President Vicente Fox his first trip. While some saw this as a diplomatic snub, others thought the trip made sense because of Mr. Bush's Texas roots.

Mr. Bush's second trip, April 20-22, 2001, was to Canada for the Summit of the Americas.

Knoller also provides this list of other initial presidential trips:

Bill Clinton: Canada, April 3-4, 1993 for a summit in Vancouver with Russian President Boris Yeltsin

George H.W. Bush: Canada, Feb. 10, 1989

Ronald Reagan: Canada, March 10-11, 1981 (he went to Mexico as president-elect)

Jimmy Carter: Britain, May 5-11, 1977 (he never visited Canada as president)

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