Obama teases Cruz at White House state dinner

Obama Teases Cruz at WH State Dinner
Obama Teases Cruz at WH State Dinner

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toasted improved US-Canadian relations at White House state dinner on Thursday.

By staging a lavish welcome for Trudeau, Obama turned the page on years of shaky ties with Canada, making clear the new leader is a man after his own heart.

Obama said both countries shared the ideal that if you worked hard you could do anything.

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Obama then asked "Where else could a boy born in Calgary grow up to run for president of the United States?" in a joke about Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's birthplace.

Trudeau, 44, the left-leaning Liberal Party leader who took power last November, thanked Obama for working to improve US-Canadian relations, including trade.

Trudeau joked that one of Canada's biggest exports was Justin Bieber.