Laureen, they like you! They really like you! (They being the Americans).
In the latest dump of confidential Wikileaks cables, we learn that the number 2 man at the US embassy in Ottawa was quite impressed with Mrs. Harper, who by all accounts is a warm and lovely person. He even went so far as to suggest she's a political asset.
Quoth Terry Breese in 2009,
"Extroverted and friendly, she is widely credited for 'softening' her more reserved husband's political image..."
Well, that's a nice thing to say (if something of an unintentional, soft backhand at the PM).
Breese even deemed it worthwhile to note that Mrs. Harper loves cats and riding her Yamaha XT22 Motorcycle. Man, you know the relations between countries are pretty tight when diplomats report back to base simply to say how nice and fun the leader's spouse is. It's a pretty enviable relationship we have our neighbours to the south, when you think about the state of the world...