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I feel at home in Ireland, says Obama

2011-05-23 21:16

Dublin - US President Barack Obama said on Monday that he felt "at home" in Ireland as a crowd of euphoric Dubliners embraced him as a homecoming son of the Emerald Isle.

"My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas," the US president told a 20 000-strong crowd in central Dublin.

"We come to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.

"We feel very much at home here," said Obama, with his wife Michelle at his side.

"I feel even more at home after that pint I had - I feel even warmer."

He had earlier sampled a pint of Guinness in a pub in Moneygall, a village in the heart of Ireland from where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney had left to start to a new life in the United States in 1850.

Obama hailed the Irish as a resilient people who beat the odds, as he predicted a triumphant rebirth from Ireland's devastating economic crisis.

In the raucous campaign-style rally in downtown Dublin, he drew comparisons with America's struggle to beat its downturn.

"Your best days are still ahead, our greatest triumphs in American and Ireland are still to come."

"And Ireland, if anybody ever says otherwise, if anyone ever tells you your problems are too big, are to great, think about all we have done together."

Obama told the Irish to answer naysayers with a "simple creed" - "Yes We Can" - his 2008 campaign slogan.

Obama described the Irish as "a resilient people who beat all the odds".

"Ireland, as trying as these times are, I know our futures are still as big and as bright as our children expect them to be."

However, Obama will be forced to cut short his trip to Ireland and fly to London on Monday night - a day ahead of schedule - because of fears over a cloud of ash drifting towards Britain from an Icelandic volcano.

The visit to Ireland is the first stop on Obama's week-long European tour which will also take in a state visit in Britain, a G8 summit in France and Poland.

Comments
  • Ken J May - 2011-05-23 22:26

    You Can't

  • lance ANCY - 2011-05-23 22:33

    Obama, or is is it Barry Soetoro, or is it Frank Davis Jr or Harrison J Bounel the latest alias tied to his (Obama's) Social Security! Who Knows? Who's fooling who?

  • V4Vendetta - 2011-05-23 23:24

    last week the queen went to ireland and now obey-me...wheres the IRA when you have an opportunity like this LOL

  • V4Vendetta - 2011-05-23 23:29

    "a resilient people who beat all the odds" yes, especially since all 'the odds' was genocide perpetrated upon the irish people by the british crown in the form of a 'famine', when all their food was shipped to england under armed guard while the irish people starved.

      Sean Looney - 2011-05-24 02:11

      the irish have let it go. so should you. how about u refrain making comments of behalf of us irish folk if u preface them with a stupid joke about the ira?

      Ingwe - 2011-05-24 16:32

      Well said Sean

  • Garth - 2011-05-24 06:49

    @ SL "NICE ONE" I think the same should be said and done by all of us in SA 'let it go" and that goes for all right across the board.

  • 50something - 2011-05-24 08:10

    I thought Obama was from Kenia? Sure got around

      thabiso.marumo - 2011-05-24 08:31

      I don't know if he has Irish blood or not but don't forget his mother is white and father black.

      Lang Henning - 2011-05-24 08:41

      So why, if he is Coloured, is he hailed as a 'Black' man - can somebody explain it to me please?

      50something - 2011-05-24 09:47

      Thabiso - thanks for the correction. Lang - calling him "Black" fitted the American political landscape

      millipedia - 2011-05-24 13:27

      The Americans find the word "coloured" offensive. Obama is not a descendant from the original African Negro slaves but from a mixed marriage in more recent times.

      makgala - 2011-05-24 13:30

      @50something..Obama is not from Kenya. His father's lineage is kenyan, whilst his mother's ineage is Irish. He thus is coloured with African & Irish blood per say. @Lang Henning...In America you are either black or white.the term black (people of colour) in america refers to everyone who is not white.If obama was a south african, then we would refer to him as coloured, or put it this way: if a coloured person from here goes to america, he is not white but referred to as a black person. its the same in europe. thats why blacks, coloureds, asians are all referred to as black people. you may not like it, but thats the way it is.

  • El Cid - 2011-05-24 09:06

    Obummer is a real clown. What an idiot. He is the worst President that the USA has ever had. He has topped Jimmy Carter.

      Kgwadi - 2011-05-24 10:06

      The SEALS are coming for you El Cid, you`ll be joining Bin Laden,LOL.

      makgala - 2011-05-24 13:33

      hey El, shed some more light. why is he a clown, idiot and worst american president. is it becoz he is black????

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