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If you blinked, you might have missed him.

But Thursday's whirlwind visit by U.S. President Barack Obama had the whole country - or, at least, the media - glued to their television sets.

Globe writers and editors followed the action throughout the day on our live blog, while our editorial board took a measured look at the meeting's political implications.

Our collection of stories from the visit garnered tens of thousands of page views each, while the Canadian Press video of Mr. Obama's arrival brought in 23,238 viewers - nearly double this week's second-most-watched video.

Whether this bodes well for future Canada-U.S. relations we can't say, but at least the President was able to sneak in a BeaverTail on his way out of town.

2. Drunken press conference 13,177 page views

Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa resigned Tuesday after a seemingly drunken performance at a recent G-7 summit in Rome. Video footage of his final press conference shows the 55-year-old confused, drowsy and slurring his speech.

3. Teammates play hockey in honour of crash victim (Associated Press) 11,225 page views

Alumni hockey teammates of Flight 3407 crash victim Maddy Loftus played a game in her honour at Buffalo State University Saturday. Loftus was flying to the reunion Thursday when her plane went down.

4. Michael lee-chin (Globe video) 10,957 page views

Lee-Chin credits his engineering education for giving him the intellectual tools to be analytical and keep problems in context.

5. Buffalo plane crash scene (Associated Press) 10,184 page views

A commuter plane slams into a suburban home in Clarence, N.Y., killing 49 people. The tragedy as it unfolds is captured in these images.

6. Aerial view of the crash site (Associated Press) 7,087 page views

A view from above the Clarence, NY site where Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J. went down Thursday night

7. Chimp attack (Associated Press) 6,212 page views

A 200-pound chimpanzee kept as a pet and once used in commercials was shot and killed by Conn. police Monday after it mauled a woman visiting its owner.

8. No survivors in buffalo, N.Y., plane crash (Associated Press) 6,011 page views

Forty-nine people are dead after a Canadian-made commuter plane crashed into a home near Buffalo

9. Crash eye-witness video (Associated Press) 5,935 page views

Sam Merlo shares exclusive new video of the flight 3407 crash scene with the Associated Press. Merlo was one of the first people to shoot video of the fire.

10. In their eyes (Globe video) 5,862 page views

Globe photographer John Lehmann captures the voices and faces of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, with music and lyrics by Bud Cook

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With the 2010 Olympics coming to Vancouver, the eyes of the world will be on the city's Downtown Eastside. The millions poured into the neighbourhood seem to have had little impact on its squalor, its people or their problems with addiction. What should be done? Where would you start? How would you fix Canada's slum?


Public Forum:

On March 24 at 7 p.m. PT, The Globe, in partnership with CTV and the University of British Columbia, will bring together experts with fresh solutions for the Downtown Eastside at a public forum at UBC’s Robson Square campus.


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Update (March 6, 2009): Tickets are now SOLD OUT


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