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17
Mar
13

Happy SPD – laugh it up.

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Chat away

17
Mar
13

They’re Irish and…They’re Wonderful!

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17
Mar
13

Rise and Shine: Happy St Patrick’s Day from Henry and Stephen

Henry Healy greets his eighth cousin, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, after their arrival in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo: Pete Souza)

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Whaddya mean it’s too early for a Rise and Shine?! It’s already St Patrick’s Day in Ireland! Catch up!

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A St Patrick’s Day word from Henry Healy:

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the Ancestral Home of President Obama.

Hi everyone, I wanted to share my St Patrick’s Day greetings with you all.

When I think back to the visit of the president to Moneygall and the amazing journey I have had from visiting last St Patrick’s Day and attending the inauguration this year I am eternally grateful.

As I go to the White House on Tuesday I will be thinking of the great people and experiences I have had and all of you here at TOD have been part of it.

I hope that those of you with Irish Heritage have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day and those of you without Irish Heritage put on the green and join in and celebrate with us.

Henry

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You can follow Henry on Twitter here

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At The Dubliner bar, Washington DC, March 17, 2012

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A St Patrick’s Day word from Canon Stephen Neill, the man who discovered President Obama’s Irish roots:

To all my friends at The Obama Diary, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. We in Ireland are constantly amazed and encouraged by the warmth and hospitality extended to us as a nation by the people of the United States. President Obama has embraced this important relationship and the ongoing hospitality he affords to his Moneygall friends and relations is hugely appreciated. I had the privilege of a visit to the White House myself last month and was very grateful to members of the Obama administration who facilitated this for me at very short notice.

We in Moneygall are delighted that Henry Healy will once again be meeting the President at the official reception for St. Patrick’s day and look forward to perhaps another presidential visit to Moneygall during this second term of office. The visit in 2011 was a transformative experience for the people in this area and the fruits of that are still to be seen. It is a community that was energized and inspired by your President and the First Lady.

On this St. Patrick’s Day when people of all creeds and backgrounds in this land are united by a love of their country we pray that President Obama will find his Irish roots a source of blessing and inspiration as he too seeks to unite the people of the United States in that most important quest for the good and prosperity of all people. May God bless you all.

Canon Stephen Neill (Rector of Moneygall)

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You can follow Stephen on Twitter here

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Reverend Canon Stephen Neill shows President Barack Obama his Irish ancestral records at Ollie Hayes’s Pub in Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo: Pete Souza)

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Endless thanks to Henry and Stephen for passing on their good wishes to everyone at TOD, they are two completely lovely gentlemen.

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Some day soon, I hope, I’ll find sufficient words to thank LovelyPlains, UTAustinLiberal, Amk and LiberalLibrarian for all they’ve done this week, but for now I’m struggling. Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin. All I can say to them is, thank you so much – you’re just amazingly kind people, and between you, you’ve kept this place going in my absence. And a couple of them had never posted on a blog before, but set about teaching themselves how do it while I disappeared. Needless to say, they are all welcome to post here any time they wish, I’m honored to have them contribute here and it’s a way better place for it.

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Embarrassingly, I still haven’t replied to a whole bunch of people who offered the kindest of words and/or offers to help with the blog – I am truly sorry, but I will try VERY hard to reply in the next day or two. Thank you, sincerely, for your support, it meant everything.

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Will catch up with you all in the next day or two, love ya.

15
Mar
13

chat away: musical early st. patrick’s day edition

First a little Chieftains.


Now, of course, some Van the Man.


Nothing says “St. Paddy’s Day” like The Pogues.


And finally, the late lamented Kirsty MacColl, who was English, but should have been Irish.


And no, no Enya.

Consider this your evening open thread.

04
Feb
13

The Day in Images: President Obama in Minneapolis

President Obama high fives a youngster at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Feb. 4 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Marine One helicopter, with President Barack Obama aboard, top, prepares to land at Andrews Air Force Base (Photo: Cliff Owen)

Andrews Air Force Base (Photo: Brendan Smialowski)

(Photo: Cliff Owen)

  …. with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken and and Rep. Betty McCollum at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (Photo: Brendan Smialowski)

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(Photo: Hannah Foslien)

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A man holds up a gun control sign while President Obama’s motorcade passes on the way to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Special Operations Center (Photo: Brendan Smialowski)

Minneapolis Public Schools School Resource Officer Mike Kirchen, left, President Obama and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau listen during a round table discussion at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Special Operations Center (Photo: Brendan Smialowski)

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(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama enters the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center (Photo: Jeffrey Thompson)

(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Photo: Jim Mone)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flores)

President Obama greets law enforcement officials, including St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith, after speaking on ideas to reduce gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center (Photo: Scott Takushi)

06
Oct
12

The Road to November

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05
Oct
12

‘Obama for president: A second term for a serious man’

St Louis Post-Dispatch: Four years ago, in endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, we noted his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure. He was unproven, but we found him to be presidential, in all that that word implies.

In that, we have not been disappointed. This is a serious man. And now he is a proven leader. He has earned a second term.

Mr. Obama sees an America where the common good is as important as the individual good. That is the vision on which the nation was founded. It is the vision that has seen America through its darkest days and illuminated its best days. It is the vision that underlies the president’s greatest achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Twenty years from now, it will be hard to find anyone who remembers being opposed to Obamacare.

He continues to steer the nation through the most perilous economic challenges since the Great Depression. Those who complain that unemployment remains high, or that economic growth is too slow, either do not understand the scope of the catastrophe imposed upon the nation by Wall Street and its enablers, or they are lying about it.

To expect Barack Obama to have repaired, in four years, what took 30 years to undermine, is simply absurd. He might have gotten further had he not been saddled with an opposition party, funded by plutocrats, that sneers at the word compromise. But even if Mr. Obama had had Franklin Roosevelt’s majorities, the economy would still be in peril…..

….. The question for voters is actually very simple. The nation has wrestled with it since its founding: Will this be government for the many or the few?

Choose the many. Choose Barack Obama.

Full editorial here

Thanks to @jidts07

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And then there’s this guy….

11
Sep
12

Scout Tufankjian: Campaign Images

Kissimmee, September 6

Kissimmee, September 6

Melbourne, September 9

Orlando, September 6

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