A comparison in growing up and experiences may shed some light into what is store for the Americans in The Hope & Change movement that help bring him to power.
Both men are viewed as highly intelligent and lost their fathers at a very young age. Pierre lost his father in his teens. Barack in his childhood. Did this have an influence in shaping them? What were the other male role models around them.
Trudeau grew in a wealthy family unlike Obama.
Both men excelled in education, attended Harvard and passed their bar exams. Both of them had very little experience in the political class before entering public life.
A law professor at the University of Montreal, he had been a critic of the Liberal Party for fifteen years before deciding to join them and run for a seat in Parliament in the upcoming national elections. He won a seat in the riding of Town of Mount Royal on his first attempt.
The Liberals held a leadership convention in 1968 to replace the Prime Minister Lester Pearson and give the new leader adequate time before an election.
Both men were famous for keeping their cool.
Before his first term as Prime Minister, Trudeau has worked as a lawyer and law professor and had only three years of experience in public office
Some criticism against Obama was his lack of executive experience, but he did have more than three years in public office before winning the democratic contest and becoming the President of the United States.
Obama spent a great deal of time traveling across the United States in sharing his plan, his vision for the leadership and candidate for the Democrats. The favourite was Hilary Clinton and Obama was considered a long shot.
Both men garnered attention, locally, nationally, international stage through "Charisma" and a fawning press before their attainment of their final prize.
Trudeau mania that swept him into the leadership in 1968. The first election in 1972 may have not been enough to keep the Liberal PM, but David Lewis, leader of the NDP made an offer Trudeau could not refuse a
In the l972 federal election, Pierre Trudeau's Liberals won l09 seats to 107 for Robert Stanfield's Conservatives and needed the support of the NDP to stay in power. David Lewis of the NDP, in exchange for an NDP shopping list, agreed to support the Liberals without entering into a coalition. Trudeau yielded to stay in power.
It is too early to judge how history will measure Obama.
The spending priorities during the Trudeau years, the nationalization and foreign policy did create some serious problems. Socialism has retreated and is considered a failed economic theory.
Economic growth is critical to establishing social stability, which is the ultimate objective of these counterinsurgency campaigns and disaster-relief efforts. Various obstacles, such as insurgencies and inadequacies in infrastructure, have made economic development difficult in these countries, of course, but these difficulties cannot be blamed exclusively on such obstacles. A central element in the failure to establish robust economies in war-torn or disaster-stricken countries is the prevailing doctrine of international development, according to which strong economies cannot emerge in poor countries. -Expeditionary EconomicsSome in the U.S. are suggesting the economic priorities of the Obama administration, Democratic controlled Senate, Congress are too Liberal, too vague in specifics to help solve the problems.