A marching band plays and the red carpet is rolled out as U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama held a red-carpet welcome for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Thursday (March 10), ending a frosty period in U.S.-Canada relations and celebrating their shared goals on climate and trade. Obama will host Trudeau, the Liberal Party leader who took office in November, for an Oval Office meeting where they will talk about curbing climate emissions from oil and gas fields - a dramatic shift from years of debate over building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project Obama blocked last year. Also on the agenda are plans to expedite travel and trade between the two countries, and shared areas of global concern ranging from Syria to Ukraine. The two leaders will toast each other at a lavish state dinner planned with a theme of "Anticipation of Spring," a feeling close to the hearts of Canadians, who endure long and harsh winters. Trudeau, who is struggling at home with a soft economy and weak Canadian dollar, campaigned on repairing strained ties. Americans have been captivated by the photogenic Trudeau, 44, whose father, Pierre Trudeau, was prime minister from 1968 through 1979, and again from 1980 to 1984. But his visit may be overshadowed by the raucous race to succeed Obama in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Candidates on both the left and the right have taken anti-trade positions. Obama hopes to convince a reluctant U.S. Congress to ratify the sprawling Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before he leaves office in January. Canada is also wrestling with the merits of the TPP.