„Fifty years from today, Americans will revere the name, 'Obama.' Because like his Canadian predecessors, he chose the tough responsibilities of national leadership over the meaningless nostrums of sterile partisanship that we see too much of in Canada and around the world.“

—  Brian Mulroney, September 17,2009, http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090917/Brian_Mulroney_090917/20090917?hub=TopStories|year=2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpUpmlgYjSw
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