2011 Euro-Tour: O’bama Wows on The Emerald Isle

23 May

It was a day of photo-ops, t-shirt sales and pint upon pints of libations; yet the scene wasn’t that of an ultimate Euro rave, but instead the result of The Leader of The Free World returning home to his roots, so to speak.

Relishing a superstar ovation, President and First Lady Obama were warmly welcomed and embraced in Ireland while visiting the island nation as part of The POTUS’s six-day, four-country European tour. His itinerary will also include visits to England, France and Poland.

In Dublin today, Obama spoke to a crowd of nearly 25,000 people in what was described as a “campaign styled” speech, to praise the long-standing relationship that Ireland has cultivated with The United States, and stated further that his travel to the country was designed to “reaffirm those bonds of affection.”

And although it is understood that the President’s European excursion will serve as an international platform to express his views and cement his position on the global economy, the uproarious Arab Spring and to (no doubt) strategically execute a bit of intercontinental campaigning in preparation for 2012, to the Irish people, today’s stop-through by the President seemed more about familial comraderie than politics.

Visiting Moneygall (a village just between Dublin and Limerick, determined to be the likely birthplace of the president’s great-great-great grandfather before his migration to America in 1850) The Obamas briefly dropped by a pub to converse with residents and partake of the local brew.

“[Guinness] tastes so much better here than it does in the States. You’re keeping all the best stuff here.”

But amidst the good time, revelry and hearty swigging, Mr. Obama pulled out a wad of cash and left the pub owner and patrons with some humorous, yet politically significant parting words:

“I just want you to know the president pays his bar tab.”

With the POTUS exhibiting such strong feelings about satisfying a tavern debt, one has to wonder if in the months to come and with an election on the horizon, the president will be focusing just as intently and working with effective leaders on ways to repair the global economy and rectify our own national financial woes?


One Response to “2011 Euro-Tour: O’bama Wows on The Emerald Isle”


  1. 2011 Euro-Tour: O’Bama Wows on The Emerald Isle - May 25, 2011

    […] on ways to repair the global economy and rectify our own national financial woes?  [ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE]Tagged as: European Tour, International Campaign, Ireland, Native Son, POTUS Article by Tiff […]

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