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17
Mar
15

Éirinn go Brách

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President Barack Obama smiles as he walks down the steps of the Capitol with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny after attending a “Friends of Ireland” luncheon

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President Barack Obama holds a book of poetry given to him by Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny during their meeting in the Oval Office

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Vice President Joe Biden listens during a meeting between President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, on St. Patrick’s Day in the Oval Office

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L-R), President Barack Obama and Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny leave after a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

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Boehner and Obama depart with Kenny after a St. Patrick's Day luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

30
Nov
14

Solidarity

St. Louis Rams’ Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt put their hands up to show support for Michael Brown before a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome.

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Tavon Austin #11, Jared Cook #89, Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams pay homage to Mike Brown

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Professional sport, as we know, is generally an amoral cesspit (eg see Ray Rice’s reinstatement) jammed with self-absorbed, overpaid twats who couldn’t give a crap about anything outside their own ludicrous worlds or anything that doesn’t feed their egos.

But then, occasionally, we get gestures like today’s from those Rams players, and from the Miami Heat back in 2012. And they’re powerful, not least to the kids for whom these guys are idols.

And their idols honored Michael Brown and protested against what was done to him. That matters. That’s good.

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In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies.

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Not remotely comparing the Rams and Miami Heat players to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, universes and life experiences apart – but, the gesture …

“The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States…..”

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“1968: American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists and give the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States.

Smith, the gold medal winner, and Carlos, the bronze medal winner, were subsequently suspended from their team for their actions.”

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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt puts his hands up to show support for Michael Brown.

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“The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States…..”

The more things change, the more they stay the same?

19
Mar
13

Heads Up: The St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House (updated)

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Taoiseach Kenny, President Obama and Rusty Sunbed depart the U.S. Capitol after the Friends of Ireland Luncheon, March 19

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5:45 EST: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a St. Patrick’s Day reception

White House live * CBS * CNN

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Irish Times: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said US president Barack Obama has ’reaffirmed his intention’ to return to Ireland for a second official visit.

The two leaders held the traditional annual St Patrick’s Day meeting at the White House in Washington today.

Following a private meeting with the president afterwards, the Taoiseach said Mr Obama had accepted an invitation to visit Ireland again but was unable to say if he would do so during his second term as president.

More here

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President Barack Obama, Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland, and House Speaker Rusty Sunbed, R-Ohio, talk together during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol (Photo by Pete Souza)

19
Mar
13

Green Day

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President Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office, March 19

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12:0: President Obama and PM Kenny attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch

CNN have this listed for live streaming ….. but you know them, they’re more likely to show a car chase.

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03
Sep
12

Before I sleep…..

I smiled at the whole ‘Is America better off?” business the last few days. There are countless reasons to answer ‘yes’, not least economically wise, but I think back to President Obama and Michelle visiting Ireland.

When Bush visited, it was the largest security operation in the history of the state, that’s what was required to protect him from the protestors – he wasn’t welcome. And he wasn’t allowed anywhere near the public, who had nothing but contempt for him.

And then President Obama and Michelle visited Ireland:

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