‘bush was a uniter, obama’s a divider’

IrishCentral: ….Before Barack Obama became President of the United States the people of Ireland were united, beautifully so … but once it was clear that he was going to be President the real fight started. Neighbor turned on neighbor, brother on brother.

I had never even heard of Moneygall before Obama came along. Why would I have? I’m sure I’ve driven through it on my way to Limerick, but 300 people live there. It made no impression….

When it transpired that Barack Obama is descended from a Falmouth Kearney, who left Moneygall for New York in 1850, suddenly the town started making the news….

Now we have two counties practically ready to go to war over Moneygall. Although the media has repeatedly described Moneygall as being in County Offaly, it apparently could be considered to be in County Tipperary too…

….And now the people of County Kilkenny want in on the action … You see, Falmouth’s family left little by way of a permanent mark on Moneygall, but going back a bit further there is a definite relative, Bishop John Kearney, who is entombed in St Canice’s Cathedral in the beautiful city of Kilkenny.

Now it’s really getting ugly … You see how Obama has divided the people? The desire to claim him as a ‘native son’ could easily lead to blood, war, ruin. Offaly? Tipperary? Kilkenny? Bad-tempered hurling matches engender less bad feeling.

It was all so much simpler with President Bush. No county, no town or hamlet claimed him or wanted to be associated with him. From Election Day in 2000 until he left office, the people of Ireland were quite content and of one mind in detesting the man.

….Now the country is choosing sides in a three-way battle to make Obama their own. It won’t end well. As we all know, the Irish have long memories and this division will take generations to heal.

Full article here


24 Responses to “‘bush was a uniter, obama’s a divider’”

  1. March 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    lol. that’s sweet.

  2. 2 Andogriff
    March 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Had to Laugh Out Loud while reading that… brilliant! Thanks for all you do, keeping us informed and entertained all day, every day!

  3. 3 Proud of Obama
    March 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm


  4. 4 Me4obama
    March 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    That made me smile.

  5. 5 WalkingOnSunshine
    March 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I love the humor. Every post related to Ireland has this lovely humor. I can’t wait for the Irish trip!

  6. 6 CEB
    March 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    What a hoot! LOL

    On the other hand, this desire to show a connection to a bi-racial man is ironic as well, considering the past history in this country with the Scoth-Irish that settled in the South and those of African descent. It really is a new day for some. Those same groups that tried to hide and deny their mixed race relatives, are now proudly staking a claim (from Japan, to the Middle East, to Africa, to Europe, to the Americas) in our president.

  7. 7 Eleroy
    March 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    LOL!!! This was way too funny!!! Thanks CS!!!

  8. 8 sherijr
    March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    ROFL.. this is just the most adorable laugh out loud wonderful thing I’ve read in a while. PERFECTO. thank you chips for finding and sharing it 🙂 🙂

  9. 9 stylishgurl
    March 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    LOL I loved this story, it made my night 😀 However, it is sad some in his country of birth are questioning his citizenship.

  10. 10 majii
    March 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Suck a bitter lemon, right-wingers, PL, and frustratis! Our president is the bomb wherever he goes in the world. GWB? Acck.

  11. 11 Sue in Minnesota
    March 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    These Irish(Scotch?) eyes are smiling. Thanks for the smile.

  12. 13 Asher in Boston
    March 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    An interesting read. Have never laughed out this loud. So humorous. “Neighour turned on neighbour”, LoL. And the best, ” No matter what Bush said or did, they hated and just sneered. How I love these people!

  13. 14 lookingglassjourney
    March 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    LOL. That’s pretty funny. Thanks for this article. Still giggling.

  14. 15 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    nice article, made me laugh out loud!!!

    Imagine if the article was not focused on Ireland and the Irish’s claim. For instance, in Africa, the following countries have claimed President Obama as part of the lineage: Kenya (of course we know direct claim), Uganda, Somalia and Sudan … and probably many more will stake their claim

  15. 16 EDP4BHO
    March 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oh man, that was funny as heck. I was LOL. Oh my God, these people are hilarious. See, I told you all everybody wants a Barack Obama.

  16. 17 Dorothy Rissman
    March 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    It must be so difficult to be loved so deeply. I wish. Thanks Chips.

  17. 18 Audrey
    March 25, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I can’t wait for the trip to Ireland!

  18. 19 Dakota
    March 25, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Love It! Very Funny!

  19. March 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Ireland is not the only country in Europe which has claims there are for instance.

    My adopted home Switzerland


    and this from Switzerland

    Honorary citizenship papers sent to Obama


    and of course my beloved south of France Nantes

    France has a stake(Use Google translate)


    Ciao form Europe,


    PS Good article.

  20. 21 Fred
    March 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

    so sweet and funny 😆

    omg still recovering from last night’s Grey’s Anatomy car crash that involved Arizona and Callie 😮 😡

    good Friday morning to Chip and each and everyone of you 🙂

    • 22 UT Austin Liberal
      March 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      OMG Fred i know!!!!! that was nuts!!!!.. I kinda saw the crash coming when Arizona kept looking at Callie but it still shocked. Can’t wait for next week’s Grey’s Anatomy

  21. 23 dannie22
    March 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    That article was hilarious!

  22. 24 barb
    March 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I love the Irish humor. Bush was a uniter because they all agreed that they didn’t like him. 😆 It is going to be very interesting when President Obama goes to Ireland. I can’t wait. I wonder if each county is going to carry signs that he is one of them. 😀

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