The time a U.S. president gave a memorable weather report
George H.W. Bush joked it was 'colder than hell' in Ottawa
And while he didn't spend much time here during that initial visit, it was long enough for him to try out his French and to experience Canadian winter.
During a six-hour visit, Bush met with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The two leaders discussed the free trade agreement, as well as the issue of acid rain.
'C'est fine pour moi'
"It's colder than hell," he said.
He also made very brief use of some French, which The Globe and Mail said followed a proposal by Mulroney — also in French — to answer another question from a reporter.
"Mais, oui," said Bush. "C'est fine pour moi."
Bush, who recently died at the age of 94, would make four visits to Canada during his term as president, including his initial visit to Ottawa.