What a difference eight years make


Eight years ago, when Barack Obama was the newly-minted president of the United States, we here in this country were getting more than a little antsy about where the new prez would head for his first international visit.

Bill Phillips

“It’s a tradition that the new president comes to Canada first,” we were told those who like to importantly tell us things that aren’t really important. It would be a blow to our national psyche that we, as a nation, likely wouldn’t recover from, we were led to believe. It just had to happen.

It did, and everything was fine.

Eight years later, Donald Trump is the newly-minted U.S. president and his first international visit was to Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

Here in Canada? A collective sigh of relief with the realization that we’ve dodged a bullet … at least for now.

Ramblings of a recovering newspaper editor


About Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips is an award-winning journalist and columnist with more than 30 years experience. He was the winner of the 2009 Best Editorial award at the British Columbia/Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray awards, in 2007 he won the association’s Best Columnist award. In 2004, he placed third in the Canadian Community Newspaper best columnist category and, in 2003, placed second. He is the former editor of the Prince George Free Press.