Obama and the Queen visit Ireland

Today US president, Barrack Obama, visited the homeland of his great great great grandfather, Ireland.  Obama descends from one of the many people who had to leave Ireland all those years ago due to the famine.  His ancestors were from Moneygall in Offaly.

This is Irelands second political visit in a row, as Queen Elizabeth just left the other day.  Her visit was historically important to Ireland as it was the first time a Royal has visited since Ireland gained independence.  The Queen talked in The Garden of Remembrance and apologised for the lives that were lost in the battle for freedom.  There was a small riot, but the majority of people seemed to have no problem with her visit and this really is the closing of a chapter in Irish history and I’m glad I was alive to see it.

Though not as historically important, Obama’s visit was still a welcomed event.  In fact, he got a bigger crowd.  Sadly, in true Irish fashion, he was subjected to torture, by which I mean Jedward played for him.  I think Obama really enjoyed himself, he even tried Guinness.  As a treat, to show how happy Ireland is to have had him, I’ve made a picture of what Obama would look like had his great great great grandfather not left Ireland.

Handsome devil isn’t he.  Well he does have the good looks of the Irish.  Normally I really don’t like the way every American claims to be Irish, especially when they’ve never set foot here, but after hearing the speech about being united and all that I’m going to be more forgiving of it in the future.  We Irish are great after all.  Obama’s now over meeting the Queen, he’ll probably get stuck there by, yet another, ash cloud, so America may have to wait awhile before they are reunited with their president. 

What do you think?  Did you like Obama’s visit?  Are you glad the Queen came over?  Are you just a little bit Irish (go on I’ll be nice)?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


One response

  1. Amy

    The Obama visit was brilliant I loved watching his speech. The queens visit was great and so historical it sad she didnt get the same reception as Obama and shame on the protesters. None of them looked old enough to know enough about the troubled past between britan and Ireland. Great historical week for Ireland 🙂

    May 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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