Archive for May 23rd, 2011

23
May
11

night everyone

Too many blissful moments to choose from today, but go on then …. I’ll pick these three minutes … just listen to the crowd from 0:18 and watch the President and First Lady’s reaction:

And these five photos….

1 Because the President visiting Ireland meant so, so much to Dan Rooney – just look at his face at Dublin airport this morning, and the way he’s holding the President’s hands:

2 Because the sight of President Obama with a hurley in his hands just cracked me up …. especially when he threatened to use it against Congress:

3 Because the Obamas’ visit to Moneygall gave the village’s people a day they will never, ever forget:

4 Because this photo just showed how fun and utterly lovely the first couple are:

5 Because, for me, this photo is iconic. The sight of President Obama pointing towards the skies, in the general direction of the Irish flag, will hardly make Ireland’s economic disaster go away …. but his speech today made more than a few Irish folk believe that Ireland can come back again: Is Féidir Linn … Yes We Can.

Can I have a sixth? Please? Thanks!

Because they said President Obama couldn’t possibly attract as big a crowd in Dublin as Bill Clinton did 15 years ago.

He did ;-)

Thank you for your company on a beautiful day – I won’t be able to post as frequently tomorrow, but I’ll do my best ;-)

23
May
11

tuesday

April 2009

All times US Eastern

7:25 AM (12:25 PM UK time) President Obama and Michelle Obama have lunch with the Queen

9:0 AM (2:0 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama visit the Portrait Gallery

10:0 AM (3:0 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama tour Westminster Abbey

10:45 AM (3:45 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at 10 Downing St

12:0 PM (5:0 PM UK) President Obama meets with opposition leader Ed Miliband

3:30 PM (8:30 PM UK) President Obama and Michelle Obama attend a dinner hosted by the Queen

23
May
11

the dublin speech

Text of speech here

You can see the President and Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speeches here

And you can see both speeches at C-Span (here)

Thank you Loriah

23
May
11

home thoughts from abroad

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, during his visit to Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011. The President and Gov. Nixon discussed the deadly tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo., Sunday night. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

23
May
11

the perfect pint!

President Barack Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama draws a pint at Ollie Hayes Pub in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

23
May
11

’til next time

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at the airport in Dublin en route to London. Obama was forced to leave Ireland a day ahead of schedule to fly to London as a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted towards Britain

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama step off Air Force One as they arrive at London’s Stansted Airport

Thanks TeamObama

23
May
11

a perfect day….

President Barack Obama is embraced by an audience member after speaking at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23


Hey people, I’ve added lots of new photos and videos to all of today’s posts, so have a look below. See you later ;-)

23
May
11

phone a friend

23
May
11

when irish eyes are smiling…..

President Barack Obama is hugged by a woman in the crowd after delivering a speech to thousands of people at a public rally at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23

23
May
11

back to dublin – the concert & the speech

An image of U.S. President Barack Obama is displayed over the crowd awaiting his arrival to address them at College Green in Dublin

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a rally on College Green in Dublin

23
May
11

moneygall

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are seen caught in a rainstorm in Moneygall

23
May
11

from dublin to moneygall

Live coverage here (TV3 – but we warned, that insufferable crank Vincent something-or-other is still on the panel), here (RTE) and here (CNN)

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Children wave US flags as they queue to see US President Barack Obama address a rally at College Green in Dublin

People line up for a security check before a concert at which US President Obama will appear on May 23, 2001 in Dublin

Paddy Power bookmakers undergoes a name change as US President Obama visits Dublin

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Earlier in Dublin:

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23
May
11

look out congress

President Barack Obama jokingly swings a hurling stick given to him by Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his visit to Farmleigh House in Dublin

23
May
11

dublin in the morning

Live coverage here (TV3), here (RTE) and here (CNN) – Live text updates here (RTE) and here (Irish Times)

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RTE: Met Éireann forecast for today: ‘Extremely windy or stormy in places today. Rain clearing to squally heavy showers, with the risk of thunder.’ Welcome to Ireland Mr President! :-(

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Live online coverage has started on RTE (here) – click the ‘News Now’ tab:

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Landed!

Summer in Dublin :-(

President Obama is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney as he steps off Air Force One in Dublin

*** Live streaming at CNN ***

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President Obama meets Irish President Mary McAleese at her official residence in Dublin

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin

The signatures of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are seen in a visitors book at Aras an Uachtarain

President Barack Obama stands with Ireland’s President Mary McAleese at the Peace Bell during a tree planting ceremony

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with Ireland’s President Mary McAleese and husband Martin McAleese as they meet Irish school children at the Peace Bell during a tree planting ceremony

President Barack Obama arrives to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh House in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala greet the President and First Lady at Farmleigh

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Lines form in Dublin for this afternoon’s concert and speech by President Obama

President Barack Obama swings a hurling stick given to him by Taoiseach Enda Kenny

US first lady Michelle Obama gestures beside Fionnuala Kenny wife of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as they view an embroidered panel depicting the Norman Invasion during a tour of Farmeligh House

23
May
11

eh, top of the morning to ya!

Whoooooo hooooo, you crazy people made it two million hits for the blog while I was asleep!

Thank you soooOOOOOOooooo much!

;-)

23
May
11

destination dublin

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave from Air Force One before departing to Dublin at Andrews Air Force Base




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