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May
11

ireland live

Two Irish television channels will have live online coverage of the President and First Lady’s visit tomorrow, RTE and TV3

Sometimes their live online stuff isn’t available for viewing outside Ireland, but hopefully everyone willl be able to watch tomorrow.

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All times US Eastern – and very approximate!

4:30 AM (9:30 AM Irish time) President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at Dublin airport

They will travel from there to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, where their first stop will be Aras an Uachtarain for a meeting with President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin

Mr Obama will then visit Farmleigh, also in the Phoenix Park, where he will be greeted by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala. Mr Kenny and Tanaiste (deputy Prime Minister) Eamon Gilmore will then have a bilateral meeting with Mr Obama

Following the meeting, Mr Obama is expected to visit US ambassador Dan Rooney at his Phoenix Park residence

9:0 AM (2:0 PM Irish time) The President and first lady are due to leave Dublin for Moneygall. If weather conditions are not favourable, they may travel by road instead of helicopter (Moneygall is one hour, 40 minutes from Dublin by road)

Mr Obama will then return to Dublin. He may stop off at the US embassy in Dublin to greet staff

12:30 PM (5:30 PM Irish time): Mr Obama is expected to arrive at Dublin’s College Green for an open-air concert and speech

The President and first lady will stay overnight in Dublin before leaving for London on Tuesday morning

(Irish Times)

You can see the full week’s schedule here


257 Responses to “ireland live”


  1. 1 maritza
    May 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I’ll be watching AND thank you for the links!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 2 pinkbunny
    May 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Means it will be 1:30 am US Time!!

    I will try to stay up to watch the arrival! It’s like trying to stay up for Christmas Eve – hahaha

  3. 4 Marlz
    May 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    So looking forward to this visit!!

  4. 6 sherijr
    May 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    WooHoo.. so excited. Thanks Chips for the links 🙂 🙂

  5. 7 VC prezOfan2
    May 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Chipsticks, Dr. V C is recommending an EARLY night for you (which means any moment now you should be going off to bed), so that you can be up with the birds tomorrow! This extra rest is to help counter the added strain there is sure to be on your heart from all the excitement tomorrow. [Can you tell I got my doctorate under ‘special dispensation’?] You can’t afford to miss any of the excitement because we’ll be counting on you for every itty bitty detail!

    Sweet dreams, Ms Chips!

  6. 9 Proud of Obama
    May 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you so much, Chips! What would we do without you? Glad we don’t have to know.

    • 10 hopefruit2
      May 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      So true POB…my computer was down last week and I was experiencing some serious withdrawal from my daily TOD fix.

  7. 11 hopefruit2
    May 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Will any of the US TV stations carry the visit live?

  8. 12 Proud of Obama
    May 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    OT but so that we know our enemy. Here’s an interesting Think Progress story that shows how dumb and illiterate Herman Cain is about foreign policy (among other things). Hilarious that he would try to slam the President on Israel when he doesn’t have a damn clue what he’s talking about.

    Am I the only one who finds this character an ignorant fool?

    “Former pizza executive Herman Cain announced on Saturday in Atlanta that he is “running for the president of the United States, and I’m not running for second.” Previously, Cain has shown a lack of depth on foreign policy, stating at one point that he doesn’t know enough to say what he thinks about the Afghanistan war.”

    //more here

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/22/herman-cain-right-of-return/

    Oh and some idiot had a sign at this fool’s announcement: Yes We Cain. All they can do is steal from our brilliant President. Shaking my head at their incompetence.

    • 13 GGail
      May 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      No POB, you are NOT ALONE. I find the “Godfather of Pizza” to be HILARIOUS. To quote Mr.T; “I pity the fool”. LOL!!!!

    • May 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Hi POO GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK. Love YA Cyber friend. I saw that too. He won’t be able to take anything from our Prez because he won’t EVEN make it through the Primary. I watched him and he is quite articulate and has a flare for words. But These TPartiers couldn’t take another one of us. It would probably send each one of them into cardiac arrest.

      • 18 Proud of Obama
        May 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm

        Thank you, friend. I hate to say I don’t find Cain to be articulate at all. He is just plain ignorant to me. Full of slogans with no substance. No one can compete with our President.

      • 19 Anonymous
        May 23, 2011 at 1:58 am

        You think he’s articulate…?

      • 20 Chi
        May 23, 2011 at 2:01 am

        You think Herman Cain is articulate…?

        Oh my…

    • 21 anniebella
      May 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      This Cain guy ain’t nothing but a joke, because he knows he doesn’t have a snowball chance in hell to be the Republican canidate for President.

  9. 22 P
    May 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    OH MANNN!! This means I gotta get up 4:30 a.m.!!!! I’ll be up lol!!

  10. 28 UT Austin Liberal
    May 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    OT: Watching Rev. Al Sharpton on 60 minutes. He is defending Pres. Obama super hard. Leslie Stahl keot asking him why POTUS wasn;t pursuing an aggressive black agenda. Rev said that he doesn’t like when black people in the media are disingenious towards the POTUS. He is the President of the United States. Everything he does is to benefit all Americans

    • 29 anniebella
      May 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      What’s a black agenda? Jobs, healthcare, safety, education, what’s a black agenda? He is President of the United States, not of the Black United States.

    • 31 maritza
      May 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Rev. Al Sharpton-1
      Ms. Leslie Stahl-0

      • 32 AnitaW
        May 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

        I will look for the video later. I love to see Rev Al take down the little folks. They are really trying to drive a wedge between POTUS and the black community. They realize that with most minorities, women and the young supporting POTUS means they have to go over the top with registering new voters. Which is why we have to still do the same because their second option is to cheat.

    • 33 GGail
      May 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Thank UT for the heads-up. I never miss 60minutes if I can help it. I am immensely proud of how Rev Al has stood up intelligently for Pres Obama and his positions. He is the voice of reason – especially since Jesse got himself in the dog house by that “drastic” open mic. I’m looking forward to Rev Al & 60minutes.

    • 34 M
      May 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Rev Al makes us proud once again!

      • 35 GGail
        May 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

        Yes he does. I just finished watching the West Coast feed of 60minutes and Rev Al steadfastly held his own against wild hair Leslie Stahl. It’s good viewing because he is able to de-bunk her and the Daily Beast beast (whatever his name is). She tried to say Rev Al was the voice of the black people that POTUS turned to…like POTUS needed a translator for the black language – PLEEZE. Leslie evidently has not read Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama. Out of sight, Barack is as black as Al. See, this is why Barack is able to fool these people, they don’t know the real man – they keep underestimating him to their peril. Rev Al said that he (Rev Al) changed as did America. Well said Rev Al, well said brother!

  11. 37 Tulips
    May 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    ok i have barney miller season 1 &2 i will watch and then turn. LOL!

  12. 38 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I DON’T KNOW THAT I’LL BE UP BUT I WILL CERTAINLY WATCH FOR REPLAYS. I HOPE THE PREZ. AND FIRST LADY ARE GETTING SOME ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ’S ON THE PLANE…THEY ARE GOING TO NEED IT WITH THAT SCHEDULE! GOD BLESS THEM BOTH AND KEEP THEM SAFE!

  13. 39 UT Austin Liberal
    May 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    As a black person I am loving Rev. Al on 60 minutes. His comments about disingenuous black ppl in the media reminded me of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. He said all blacks and all other minorities and every other race in the media and other places should band together and figure out positive ways in which they can help the POTUS instead of bitching and whining that they aren’t getting special attention.

    60 mins is basically doing a profile on Rev. Al Sharpton and boy his defense of the POTUS, gay rights, and of the American people is wonderful. Leslie Stahl keeps trying to sneak “Gotcha” questions but Rev. is on his game. 😀

    • May 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      these media folk need to stop being so fake. IF Obama was pursuing this so-called black agenda they’d be demanding to know why Obama is ignoring the rest of the country or wondering if its the right thing to do ( put forth a black agenda).

    • 42 anniebella
      May 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Ms. Stahl isn’t dealing with Sarah Palin. She can’t sneak a gotcha question with Rev. Sharpton. Rev. Sharpton can give as good as he gets. I’m still so proud of our President when he spoke this morning AIPAC.

    • 43 Doris
      May 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      This Sista agrees with you UT. I missed it, but will catch it on-line. Rev. Al is my hero and I just love him. He has the President’s back and I think and my 77 year old mother thinks that it was Rev. Al that put Ed in his place and caused him to change his tune. I believe he a secret advisor to the President and I am loving it. GO REV!!

    • 45 dotster
      May 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I think I know why they did that interview with Rev. Al, and it wasn’t intended to show him in a good light, and in turn it was an effort to tarnish Obama by association. Rev. Al, in spite of his good qualities, stirs up resentment and ill feelings among many. It was sort of a Rev. Wright intent, reviewing all of Rev. Al’s questionable history as they kept stressing the close association he has with President Obama. I found their motive less than honorable here, some perverted effort to balance out all the benefit of the bin Laden story from last week, or diminish it.

      • 46 GGail
        May 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        But we know and have seen Rev Al evolve into the man that he is today. He started out as a real young gifted singer and gospel preacher. He could preach up a storm by the age of 12 and grew up in the black power/civil rights era. Yes, he veered off course for a time, but has matured to be the man that God called him to be. He was once lost but now he’s found. I wish him success in the direction he is letting his life guide him in – wisdom will do that for you. It is up to us to point out that Rev Al has changed for the better.

      • 49 HZ
        May 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

        I concur with you dotster on this piece that 60 minutes did tonight with Rev. Al Sharpton. These are very small minded and ugly people in the MSM. I came away with the same observations. I feel that she was showing how out of tune she is with what Rev. Al is doing now. The President , however will survive all of this ugly hatefulness that is being thrown at him. I felt that 60 minutes was trying to use Rev. Sharpton to diminish POTUS. Rev. Al did not allow her to go there even though she tried everything in her ugly attitude tonight to do just that. We are smarter than these sad, and hateful people. I also found her motive and all of her producers motives less thtan honorable as you state dotster. It was just not right. But we will win no matter what they are trying to throw at our President. They have been playing this game all of my life, but it is still ugly and hateful. But I am so elated that is nothing that these media people can try to throw at this President, he is stronger each and everyday. Thank God for those blessings.

  14. 50 HZ
    May 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Cain is no match for President Barack Obama. Plain and simple. He seems to be full of himself. This country and especially our future, the young people do not have time for this circus show. Let us move on. Mr. Cain will not be the next President of the United States.

  15. 52 Jazz
    May 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Chipsticks –

    Thanks for the links and for this great site! It is wonderful to have such a place like this with your voice and so many other voices of this community – I am badly addicted (and don’t want to be cured!) Not sure I will be able to be up to see the early activities in Ireland but sure I will be able to see it all here tomorrow evening.

    @pinkbunny – Christmas eve…me too

  16. 53 StR
    May 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Cain is running so the Tea Party can pretend they’re not racists. He’ll be everybodies second choice, they’ll make sure they always mention him when talking about the primary.

    • 54 Proud of Obama
      May 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      I bet they’re paying him.

      • 56 M
        May 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

        All I can think is he must be hoping for a book deal out of it or a TLC show like Palin. He is hoping to cash in. He can’t possibly think he has any chance to win.

        • 57 Chi
          May 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

          Nah…
          Token black face to help the republican racists pretend it really isn’t all about race for them…
          Meanwhile Mr. Cain like Michael Steele, Alan West and the other self-losthing blacks gets to sell his soul and self respect (if he ever possessed any) to the devil and the republican party in return for a bit of notoriety and some money making opportunities…

          Notice how the minorities that wangle their way into the republican party are usually the most unremarkable, painfully mediocre and seriously sub-standard individuals who would otherwise have no chance or an audience for their buffoonery…

          Same applies to the fringe left, the Cornel West/Tavis Smiley/Eric Dyson traveling minstrel show and of course the very obvious gayKlan membership – Dan Savage, Dan Choi…

          Same difference…all opportunists…

  17. 59 anniebella
    May 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    How about Michelle Obama and Barack Obama spending the night at Buckingham Place. Can you just imagine their conversation as they prepare for bed?

    • May 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      I have actually done that. I can see the two of them looking at each other with their wide open and saying, “are we really sleeping overnight in a palace?” actually that’s what I would do following by little silent squeals.

    • 61 theo67
      May 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I was thinking about that earlier today, and how far they’ve both come (ancestrally). She a descendant from slaves, and he a descendant from simple Kansas roots and a Kenyan grandfather who used to cook for British colonialists. And now, they are two of the most iconic and exemplary examples of human beings out there, and highly influential around the world. Anything is possible.

      • 62 UT Austin Liberal
        May 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        Oh Theo bless your heart for this simple, sweet yet eloquent statement. You always know what to write. Anything is indeed possible Theo. Yes We Can and Yes We Always Will.

    • May 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

      I don’t care what it means, I want them to have great sex there.

      :):):):)

  18. 65 anniebella
    May 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    A black girl from the south side of Chicago, and a black boy with a white mother and a African father, who was raised by his white mother and white grandparents. Now they are President and First Lady of the United States, who is now sleeping in the Buckingham Palace.

    • 66 anniebella
      May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      I can just see that bright smile on President Obama’s face.

    • 68 Kasai
      May 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      That just brings chills…Anniebella:-) it’s almost hard to believe.

      When his mother burst into tears hearing that her child could become President, I believe she knew he could be an extraordinary and special human being…. as she’s smile down from heaven her spirits still guide him today.

      Thank you ANN….we are for ever grateful for giving us such a treasure:-)

  19. 69 hopefruit2
    May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I wonder whether our President will pledge some funds to the village of Moneygall.

    • 70 StR
      May 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I suspect they’ll experience a spike in tourism – at least day trips. An hour and a half drive out from Dublin to a small town of 300 is a perfect day trip for folks visiting Ireland.

      • 71 hopefruit2
        May 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        They are already experiencing an increase from what I’ve read. It would be great if it were sustained over a long period.

    • 72 Doris
      May 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Scholarships would be nice for some deserving students.

  20. 74 Isabel
    May 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Check out what the VA is up to:
    http://www.caregiver.va.gov/

    I know it is hard to look at Kos but this is a good diary:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/21/978061/-Shinseki-is-at-it-again!?detail=hide
    625 applications in the first week!

  21. 76 sherijr
    May 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hey all.. so I went to facebook and ‘liked’ Moneygall.. and up came Ollie Hayes’ Bar.. and another ‘group’ called “Ollie Hayes’ Coffee Machine”.. apparently they’ve gotten a new coffee maker at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall and they’ve not only started a facebook group about it.. but they’ve put up a poem, lol.. they are too funny, heres the poem, and yes of course it mentions our President:

    Gerry Cor Ollie Hayes Coffee Machine Song

    In Money gall town there’s a fantastic scene
    Ollie Hayes bar got a brand new machine
    It makes the best coffee this side of DC
    …I HOPE that the President doesn’t want tea

    You should see how it froths and see how it steams
    Poor Ollie is fillin it all day with beans
    Since it arrived there’s been no rest
    Moneygall Mocchachino is what it does best

    Men who drank guinness and whisky and beer
    Won’t touch alcohol since the machine came here
    They come into the bar and all they will say
    Is Ollie can I have a skinny latte

    When the President comes the machine will be gleamin
    Coffee beans brewin and milk will be steamin
    He’ll call out to Ollie “Before I go”
    May I have a Moneygall Moccachino

    • 77 hopefruit2
      May 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Our President & FLOTUS should plan another trip to Moneygall (this time with the girls) when he has more time and they could spend a few days there. This current trip is just an introduction, but the next trip he could bring Maya (and her kids) who are also related to the good people of Moneygall.

    • 78 dotster
      May 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      That poem is great. I am liking these people a whole lot!

    • 80 Pinkbunny
      May 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I really hope the weather is good enough to go by helicopter! It will be a much shorter trip, that means the Predident could spend a little more time in Moneygall! If they have to drive it’s 4 hours they lose in transit.

  22. 81 Kasai
    May 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    OREIGN MEDIA: US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland will make headlines across the world, with journalists from more than 20 countries accredited to cover the presidential trip.

    According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, some 870 media personnel have been accredited to report on the visit.

    That number includes 576 journalists from Irish media outlets and more than 150 from US news organisations.

    Of the latter, 140 will be drawn from the White House press corps. Some 130 British journalists have been accredited.

    The remainder are from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and Australia.

    Among the media organisations covering the visit are the BBC, Sky News, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS, Fuji TV from Japan, and Brazilian channel Terra TV.

    Major newspapers and TV channels in France, Germany, Spain and Italy are sending reporters to Ireland.

    The White House press corps plane left Andrews air base in Maryland yesterday, 15 hours ahead of Air Force One, to give reporters a chance to file preview reports ahead of Mr Obama’s arrival.

    A number of US journalists, including MSNBC chief Washington correspondent Norah O’Donnell and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, have been in Ireland since last week reporting on preparations for the visit.

    In a column published on Saturday, Dowd described Moneygall, where the US president will visit the former home of his ancestor Fulmouth Kearney, as “[an] Obama Potemkin village”.

    She wrote: “This blocklong village (population 298) in Co Offaly has erupted in a paroxysm of partying and marketing. Not since Jay Gatsby has there been such a frenzy of self-invention.

    “The newspaper, the Offaly Independent, has for now changed its name to the Obama Independent.

    “A group of female hoofers have rechristened themselves the Obama Stepdancers,” Dowd wrote.

    I love it “The Obama Independent” and the “Obama Stepdancers”…lol

    This is incredible….a town with less than 300 people will be bombarded by over 600 journalist…..

    Way to Go….Moneygall……….We love you for the warm welcome of our President and Michelle.

    Watch tourism go way up…we know everything he touches turns gold…:-)

    • 82 hopefruit2
      May 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      WOW – this is fantastic…

    • 83 Doris
      May 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Wow, Wow, Wow!

      • 84 UT Austin Liberal
        May 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

        I echo your Wow Wow Wow. I am soooo happy for the people of Moneygall.. I hope this tourism boom helps the local economy. This just shows how well respected, well liked and well loved the Obamas are by people all over the world. The Press is descending there b/c they know that EVERYONE is excited and hungry for info on the visit.

        Thanks for the article Kasai. 🙂

        • 85 Doris
          May 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

          Yes, thanks for the article. It takes my breath away.

        • 86 Kasai
          May 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

          You’re all Welcome….I am just as excited as the Moneygall folks….I can’t help it
          I simply love our President

        • 87 Kasai
          May 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

          speaking of boosting the economy…they already opened 2 gift shops..all obama memorabila…and they are rushing through the clock to open “The Obama Cafe” before he arrives.

          God Bless them:-)

          • 88 Tracy Thompson
            May 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

            I just ordered 2 yes we can t-shirts (in Gaelic) from the http://www.moneygall.com website: very efficient; many colors to choose from; also has a number of other Obama t-shirts all great! The website also has news and other highlights of Moneygall.

        • 89 theo67
          May 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

          But we will find it very difficult to find even a snippet of news coverage on US TV. What a shame.

          • May 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

            Theo, this is why we have the internet because we don’t have to rely on the stinking American press to cover our President. I heard a report that over 1000 new media have been approved to just cover him in Ireland… This is amazing and how many reporters are covering mr Yahoo?

    • 91 sherijr
      May 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Wow indeed, Rock on Moneygall! Well done, all 289 of you 😉

  23. 92 Kasai
    May 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Yes it is Hopefruit….they going all out for just One Hour with our President….Incredible:-)

    • 93 Tracy Thompson
      May 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      A large paint company in UK donated paint to paint the whole village (1000s of gallons)!

  24. 94 Kasai
    May 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    What amazes me is that our american journalist been there for a week….and we haven’t seen nothing reported here….
    nothing nada?? what;s wrong with that picture?….I bet foreign countries already have some pre-arrival news.

    • 95 UT Austin Liberal
      May 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      My sentiments exactly. If it was negative news on Pres. Obama they’d be on it like white on rice and fleas on a dog. Pure SCUM.

    • 96 Tracy Thompson
      May 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Maureen Dowd had a column in the NYT today (about the queen’s and Obamas’ visits).

  25. 97 GGail
    May 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    You know the GOP is tracking this and turning as green as Irish grass!

  26. 101 Kasai
    May 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    LOL @ turning as green as irish grass……that’s hilarious….best line of the day….

  27. 103 Doris
    May 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, the website has been fixed. Everything is back to normal for me. Chips thanks so much for your hard work. When I refreshed, it was there.

    • 104 M
      May 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Oh I was hoping the same here after I read what you wrote Doris, but it is not so for me. I still have not tried our all of the fix suggestions yet, so there is still hope.

      • 105 Doris
        May 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

        Wow, that’s strange. I was hoping it was universal for everyone. I got the banner back and the right lineup has been corrected. I’m so sorry it’s not for everyone. Bummer.

      • 106 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        Me, too. But no such luck. Hopefully it will be back to normal for me soon. But yay for you :-D!

  28. 107 halo
    May 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Who will be Chipsticks’ TWO MILLIONTH visitor???

  29. 108 Tracy Thompson
    May 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Congratulations on more than 2 million hits! It seems as if it was faster going from 1.5 million to 2 million; thanks for all you do. An invaluable resource for us all as we gear up for 2012. Great work, Chipsticks!

    • 109 UT Austin Liberal
      May 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      OMG!!!!! I just noticed that. Thanks Tracy. Chipsticks and TOD Family we surpassed 2 million hits…. WoooooHOOOOOOOOOOO.. popping the proverbial Champagne. 😀

    • 110 theo67
      May 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Congratulations Chipsticks – I was trying to keep my eye on it, but thought we were still a couple of days away! Excellent, this means the word is getting out. You do a great service here, Chipsticks – thanks so much for keeping our sanity! 🙂

    • 111 P
      May 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Chipsticks seems like you’ve given birth to more babies lol ….. our family is growing and I love it!!!!!! Yay its what happens when you got a father and mother of the world like President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama…the love is evident babies are being born by the seconds lol….TEAM TODers FOREVER!!!! YAY!!! CONGRATS TOD FAMILY!! CONGRATS MAMA CHIPSTICKS!!!

      • 112 Doris
        May 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        Me, me, me, I’m a new baby!

        • 113 P
          May 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

          Lol WELCOME!!!! You won’t have to worry your older brothers and sisters are loving, caring people lol. Sometimes there may be disagreements but one thing that keeps us together is our love for the Obama Family!! Your older bros and sisters won’t pick on you and your mama chipsticks will nuture you very well with your daily dose of Obama food and drinks…so don’t stray and leave your family behind!! Team TODers Forever that’s how we roll!! 😀

  30. May 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Hey guys I can’t sleep.

    • 119 UT Austin Liberal
      May 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Me neither …. so I’m gonna watch a combination of Confessions of a Shopaholic then My Big Fat Greek Wedding all on TBS; back to back. Also Adult Swim (nightime version of Cartoon Network) is great for cartoons like King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies and a host of funny stuff. 😀

    • 121 pinkbunny
      May 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      I’m waiting for photos of the departure of the President & First Lady. I’m trying to take a nap, so I can wake up to coverage of their arrivals 🙂

      • 122 theo67
        May 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        Please set your alarm – it will be wonderful to see them actually land. I tried to find coverage on their departure, given that there are 150 US journalists there who have had time to set up since yesterday’s arrival – but couldn’t find anything.

    • 123 P
      May 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      It’s a usual for me lol…trying to sleep early so I could wake early but so much on my mind right now..was watching the Billboards Music Awards..FLOTUS honored Beyonce….I hope it don’t create controversy like the Common situation!!! Sigh don’t know what to do now..there’s nothing good on TV..so I guess we’ll be all lurking lol

    • 124 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Me neither, but I’m a night owl anyway. I rarely go to bed before midnight. Gonna set my alarm and DVD and hope for the best. I at least want to see pics of the departure before I go to sleep.

      It’s gonna be a great week :-)!

  31. 125 GGail
    May 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Two Million hits! YIPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

  32. 126 Doris
    May 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    President and First Lady leaving for Ireland. First photos!

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/09l1dqB9ah365?__site=daylife&q=barack+obama

  33. 133 pinkbunny
    May 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    The news on the tornado in Missouri is horrible. I feel so terrible for the people in Joplin, Missouri.

    When will Americans wake up to the growing problem of climate change and global warming, as we experience more extreme weather conditions??

  34. 135 P
    May 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    No disrespect Mr President, in fact he wouldn’t have anything to worry about because I’m a straight female but Michelle O is looking real SEXY in that red outfit esp in the first photo captured from behind with them holding hands no homo lol….how sweet :)!!! I am super excited can’t wait wooooooooooohoooooooo!!!

    • 136 Doris
      May 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! The girl is hot.

      • 137 P
        May 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

        She’s blazing!!!!!! Can’t wait for her arrival because I know she’s gonna ROCK IT like never before!!!

    • 138 lisalovesobama
      May 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Yep. Same here. Have a HUGE girl crush on Michelle O 😉
      ps- I still love though PBO. you’re my number 1 guy 🙂

      • 139 P
        May 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

        Me too I won’t call it a crush though but I think she has a wonderful shape! I love the athletic look but she’s not just athletic but very sexy or shapely too!! She has a nice you know what what all the fellas like..ok I’m stopping now because I am sounding soo gay right now and I don’t want to get disrespectful lol! Let’s just say I want a body like hers lol 🙂

  35. 143 CTGirl
    May 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Michelle is a walking ad for working out. Beautiful!

  36. 144 sherijr
    May 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Safe & Happy Travels President and First Lady Obama ~

    • 145 pinkbunny
      May 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Ditto !!! I hope this trip brings many good news, not only for the people of Ireland, but for our President’s agenda.

  37. 146 Denise
    May 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Try this link http://www.rte.ie/player/#l=7

    or better yet go to http://wwitv.com/television/102.htm for your choice of TV stations in Ireland

  38. 147 theo67
    May 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I was just watching the live feed on RTE and Maureen Dowd was having a field day saying that the President is weak on connecting with working class voters, since he likes arugula, is considered elite and made the statement about the middle class bitterly clinging to their guns and religion. I guess this is why she went on ahead – so she could try and poison the well before the Presdient arrived. And you say she’s a Democrat? I had to run away.

    • 148 Pinkbunny
      May 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

      She’s an awful writer and a complete hack! I’ve always hated her stupid snarky style of writing, even when she’s writing something nice about POTUS!

      • 149 theo67
        May 23, 2011 at 12:52 am

        I’ve never seen her in action. What’s wrong with these people that they don’t even pause before they bash their President on foreign soil, especially in a country where the people are eagerly awaiting his arrival. They clearly don’t even understand that it reflects more about them than it does the President. In fact, people look at that and think even more highly of the President because he’s surrounded by these fools and backstabbers.

    • 150 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

      I have never liked Maureen Dowd. She may be a liberal and write for the New York Times but from day one she has always had it in for POTUS and FLOTUS. Even on the campaign trail. She is always trying to paint them as elitists who don’t have the so called common touch. Even when she pays them a compliment it is always done in a snarky tone. Simply put: She’s a HUGE bitch. That kind of democrat I can do without. She is poison personified.

      • 151 theo67
        May 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

        What’s wrong with these people? Why do they even call themselves liberals? When they’ve got a dream of a President, they want to destroy him. Well – I’m just going to enjoy the next five days. It will be a joy watching them build up all the acid in their bellies when they see the adoring crowds.

    • 153 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 12:59 am

      How completely TRITE. I’m sure the Irish are looking at all these “journalists” and thinking they’re a bunch of kooks. MoDo is really nothing more than a gossip columnist.

      I’m watching the live feed right now and they are showing more of the genealogy information. They are really so curious to work out all the details.

    • 155 sherijr
      May 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

      I was going to suggest that Moneygall.. and all points afterward- BEWARE of all American Media.

      Dowd is the cretin that pinned the name OBambi onto to Senator Obama during the primaries, seems to me she was a Hillary supporter.. and has always disrespected POTUS. I am in no way surprised that she has gone alll the way to Ireland in her continuation of attacks on President Obama. Shes pathetic, she won’t be alone in her efforts I am certain. I fully expect the only kind or polite news we’ll receive about this trip will be from foreign media. American ‘journalists’ will spend their time looking for dirt, trying to get locals to make negative comments for their soundbites.. etc. They will do all they can to muddy the waters of this trip and will report to the American public anything negative they can create. Mark my words, they will be worse then we’ve seen them in the past.

      • 156 theo67
        May 23, 2011 at 1:57 am

        My sister mentioned that a busload of Americans were interviewed in Moneygall, and they said “we don’t like Obama”, and the Moneygall folks said “well, that’s ok. We do”. What drives people to go to a foreign country and badmouth their President, especially to people who are clearly thrilled that he’s coming there? There’s something wrong with those people.

        • 157 sherijr
          May 23, 2011 at 2:02 am

          Wow, that is just shameful. Why are they even there then if they’re so against POTUS? Idiots. Lots of Ugly Americans travel I’m afraid. I wonder how they enjoyed travelling when Bush was President, he made it difficult for all Americans, thanks to President Obama, people overseas actually like Americans again. I know when my nephew traveled several years back- he would say he was Canadian, because of Bush 🙂

          POTUS O’Bama has WORLD LOVE~

        • 158 UT Austin Liberal
          May 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

          It’s like when certain Americans travel abroad or overseas and behave in despicable fashion. When one travels out of the country, they are representing their home country and should have fun but not be an embarassment so that other fellowmen are then labeled with stereotypes. Even if you don’t like Obama.. at least wish him well on his visit and say America is proud to have friends in Ireland. Short and polite.

  39. 159 Kasai
    May 23, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Here’s a heart warming story for all your night owls…to keep you company….as we awaits our wonderful Presidents and First Lady:-)

    Sweet Dreams!!

    The Kindness of a Stranger
    “Who is this man?”

    Mary Menth Andersen was 31 years old and had just married Norwegian Dag Andersen. She was looking forward to starting a new life in Åsgårdstrand in Vestfold with him. But first she had to get all of her belongings across to Norway. The date was November 2nd, 1988.

    At the airport in Miami things were hectic as usual, with long lines at the check-in counters. When it was finally Mary’s turn and she had placed her luggage on the baggage line, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness.

    “You’ll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to bring both those suitcases to Norway,” the man behind the counter said.

    Mary had no money. Her new husband had traveled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.

    “I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of my most prized possessions”, says Mary.

    Although she explained the situation to the man behind the counter, he showed no signs of mercy.

    “I started to cry, tears were pouring down my face and I had no idea what to do. Then I heard a gentle and friendly voice behind me saying, ‘That’s OK, I’ll pay for her’.”

    Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before.

    “He had a gentle and kind voice that was still firm and decisive. The first thing I thought was: Who is this man?”

    Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man.

    “He was nicely dressed, fashionably dressed with brown leather shoes, a cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants,” says Mary.

    She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.

    The piece of paper said ‘Barack Obama’ and his address in Kansas, which is the state where his mother comes from. Mary carried the slip of paper around in her wallet for years, before it was thrown out.
    “He was my knight in shining armor!” says Mary, smiling.

    She paid the 103 dollars back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker* in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard university.

    In the spring of 2006 Mary’s parents had heard that Obama was considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their daughter 18 years earlier.

    In a letter to Mary’s parents dated May 4th, 2006 and stamped ‘United States Senate, Washington DC’, Barack Obama writes**:

    ‘I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I’m happy I could help back then, and I’m delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States Senator.’
    The parents sent the letter on to Mary.

    This week VG met her and her husband in the café that she runs with her friend Lisbeth Tollefsrud in Åsgårdstrand.

    “It’s amazing to think that the man who helped me 20 years ago may now become the next US president,” says Mary delightedly.

    She has already voted for Obama. She recently donated 100 dollars to his campaign.

    She often tells the story from Miami airport, both when race issues are raised and when the conversation turns to the presidential elections.

    “I sincerely hope the Americans will see reason and understand that Obama means change,” says Mary.

    And here she is with her husband and the letter.

    SOURCE: http://www.zenmoments.org/the-kindness-of-a-stranger /

    • 160 Pinkbunny
      May 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

      I remember this just before the election!!! It’s such a wonderful testament to the kindness and empathy of our President!! Thanks for bringing this gem out again!!! 🙂

    • 161 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

      This is an excellent story, and really shows the heart of President Obama. Lovely story.

  40. 162 Kasai
    May 23, 2011 at 1:19 am

    you welcome 🙂

    • 163 Doris
      May 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

      Thanks for this wonderful reminder of how kind and gentle he is. We are so blessed to have him as our President.

  41. May 23, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Doris for the link for the photos of the departure of our POTUS and FLOTUS. They look so lovely and walking out to Marine One. Great trip we pray for them. Much love coming their way as we late nighters are staying up to await their arrival. I also write a letter to Ms. Stahl on her awful interview on 60 Minutes tonight with Rev. Al Sharpton. We will continue to call these people out.

    • 165 Doris
      May 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

      You’re welcome. That was an awful interview. Rev. Al is tough though. He has seen it all and like the President, only gets stronger with each assault.

      • 166 UT Austin Liberal
        May 23, 2011 at 1:33 am

        Oh Gosh Doris you’re right. I watched part of the interview and If I was a cartoon character steam would’ve been pouring out of my ears. I’ve seen several of Leslie Stahl’s intervews and they were ok. This was like an attack layered upon an attack… served on a plate of attack. Luckily Rev. Al stuck firmly to his position.

        • 167 Doris
          May 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

          As Theo noted above, these people are such haters of the President and they will go after anyone who supports him. Sometimes, I wonder where he gets his strength and then I remember that it must come from above and it gives me peace.

          • 168 UT Austin Liberal
            May 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

            Honestly, If I had half his patience, intergrity, strength, honesty, kindness, intelligence, focus…. I’d be on top of the world. God knew exactly what he was doing when he saw to it that Barack Obama became President; especially in these serious and troubling times.

    • 170 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

      Hi HZ – glad to see you still up for the watch party. I hope you’re feeling better.

      • 171 UT Austin Liberal
        May 23, 2011 at 1:30 am

        It is a watch party isn’t it Theo? I’m on CST and for some strange reason I can’t sleep. lol

        Hey HZ glad to see you’re online. Hope your pills worked and you got a nice rest. Stay healthy my friend. 🙂

        • May 23, 2011 at 1:40 am

          Thanks UT. Yes, they worked. I did some chores and now I am just enjoying being online and waiting. You are are so thoughtful and very caring. Thanks so much.

  42. 173 Tulips
    May 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Is anyone awake.

    • 174 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Hey Tulips. Right now I’m awake, I know Theo67 is awake, HZ is awake and I think Doris is awake. Welcome to the night owl party. 🙂

      • 175 Tulips
        May 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

        oh good! im so excited the people of moneygall has passed their excitement across the waters. LOL!

        • 176 UT Austin Liberal
          May 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

          Oh yeah Tulips the excitement is hugely infectious. I’m so excited I’m buzzing around like a bee and can’t sleep. lol

      • 177 theo67
        May 23, 2011 at 2:06 am

        I’m still here. Half awake.

        • 178 UT Austin Liberal
          May 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

          Wake up Theo….. Get some coffee.. watch some adult swim ( nightime version of cartoon network) Family Guy is on right now, watch USA for Law and Order: SVU, watch ABC for Grey’s Anatomy…. Get the point? Stay awake.. 😆

          • 179 theo67
            May 23, 2011 at 2:27 am

            Don’t worry – I won’t miss the festivities! Watching my “Damages” recordings on DVR. I’ll get my second wind. 🙂

    • 181 Doris
      May 23, 2011 at 1:47 am

      I’m awake. Watching the CNN coverage of the tornado. Devastating. Many deaths. I read on Huff and Puff that he gave his condolences before leaving for Ireland and pledged support from FEMA. I’ll bet he’s not getting a lot of sleep.

      • 182 Doris
        May 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

        …that the President gave his condolences…

        • 183 UT Austin Liberal
          May 23, 2011 at 1:50 am

          Oh yeah Doris I watched the weather channel and gasped in horror at the utter devastation left behind in Joplin, Missouri. They are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

      • May 23, 2011 at 1:59 am

        Hi Doris, thanks for that note. That is one of the reasons we love our President. I will bet with you that he is not, but hopefully First Lady will be of comfort.

    • 185 sherijr
      May 23, 2011 at 1:55 am

      I’m up.. 🙂

  43. May 23, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Hi theo67, thank you so much. Yes, I am feeling better. That is so nice that you remembered my stating that. Yes, I am on the west coast, so I am staying up. I have the candles on and I feel so excited. Thanks again theo67.

  44. 197 Sonjia Duncan
    May 23, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I just feel so bad for the people in Joplin, Missouri. Twenty-four deaths and so many hurt, we all need to say a prayer for the people affected by this storm.

  45. 199 Me4obama
    May 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Guys am joining the party. Can’t sleep, am turning every second and reciting the images am expecting in my head. Going to put on some strong coffee and chat with you all.

    • 200 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Welcome to the party Me4obama. Hmmmmm..,,, are those images ones of Sam Kass. If they are I totally understand the cause of your being unable to sleep. 😉

      • 201 Me4obama
        May 23, 2011 at 2:35 am

        Bwahahahahahah LMAO UT Austin Lib, did u really have to bring up my Sam Kass this early morning? Are you trying to mess up my head the rest of the day. Shame on you. That’s a very dangerous game u r playing. Did u see the First lady little tribute to Beyonce? She looked beautiful as always.

      • 204 lisalovesobama
        May 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

        look at you girl!Up all night partying. Don’t you have class tomorrow/ today? 😉

    • 205 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Hey Me4Obama – nice to see you here!

      • 206 Me4obama
        May 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

        Hey theo67 I only slept an hour so tomorrow am expecting to have a TOD hangover. But it is so worth it.

        • 207 theo67
          May 23, 2011 at 2:45 am

          I am hoping that there will be a couple of hours between the arrival and the departure to Moneygall where I can grab some sleep. Then, I’ll head to work and try and watch the concert at some point during the day. But, I definitely think it will be worth it. I want to watch this part as it happens.

    • 208 Doris
      May 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

      This is how we do it!!!!!!

  46. 209 Doris
    May 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Video or live broadcast on TV 3.

    • 210 Doris
      May 23, 2011 at 2:45 am

      There were interviews from locals regarding the President’s visit and the choir was singing an American hymn in honor of the President.

  47. May 23, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Welcome Me4Obana, I am so wide awake now and excited. I can’t have the coffee, so I think I will now go down and get a little of my Ginger drink.

    • 212 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 2:46 am

      Do what you have to do, HZ. We have to witness this live.

    • 213 Me4obama
      May 23, 2011 at 2:48 am

      Hey HZ didn’t you say you were going down stairs to get cookies earlier on. U need to stay out of the pantry and refrigerator. lol. Me getting a snack too.

      • May 23, 2011 at 3:11 am

        Ok,Me4Obama. You are so right. My cookie jar has a lock on it now. Kitchen is closed for the rest of the evening. But I did bring up a little something so I will not go down again. Lights are on a timer.

  48. 215 sam uk obama supporter
    May 23, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Getting super excited here. I will be watching PBO arriving in Ireland after school drop off! The enthusiasm these wonderful people have for President Obama is contageous! I am so pleased that he will be getting to Moneygall after the concern about the weather conditions.

    CAN’T WAIT till he’s here in London especially as I am able to go after all. Have heard that a demonstration has been talked about involving the stop the war people. I sincerely hope that they get no where near the President and First Lady. What an embarrassment! The majority of people here LOVE the Obamas and can’t wait to see them.

    Hope you all enjoy watching these wonderful people arrive in Dublin. I will be lurking off and on all day inbetween getting ready for tomorrow. It’s so good to be able to come here and be among like minded folk who adore this great man! (And wonderful woman)

  49. 217 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I’m listening to the live news feed on RTE.. they’re reporting attacks in Karachi (sp) .. supposedly in retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden.

    On a lighter note, the reporter’s name is ‘Declan’- and thats my youngest son’s name… the only time we ever hear his name is when we tune into something Irish.

  50. 218 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 2:48 am

    okay now they’re talking about the Obama visit on RTE, theres an Irish citizen on who ‘interned for Senator Obama speaking right now, 🙂

  51. 219 Barb
    May 23, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Good news everyone!! A new travel plaza is being built near Moneygall and they will be getting jobs amd more jobs. I am so happy for them. Whatever they finally name it, Obama will be part of it.

    “NATIONAL and local interest in Moneygall increased this week with the announcement on Monday of the development of a €7 million, new ‘travel plaza’ in Moneygall that will create more than 50 jobs, together with further 70 – 80 jobs in the development and building stages of the project.”

    http://www.offalyexpress.ie/news/business/supermac_s_to_provide_major_jobs_boost_for_moneygall_1_2591833

  52. 223 CTGirl
    May 23, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Oops! Woke up too early 🙂

  53. 226 Barb
    May 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I have a question. Will any cable or regular stations broadcast the arrival. Also, at what time are they going to Moneygall, US time? Where is the best place to be besides Ireland to see the happenings live if possible. I know I will be glued here. Thanks in advance.

    I think they land at 2:00 am CST but where can we see it? Thanks in advance.

    Congratulations Chips on hitting the 2 million mark and growing.

    • 227 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 3:24 am

      They should probably be in Moneygall at 2 or 3pm Irish time and that should be around 9amET/8amCT/6amPT. I don’t know if cable stations will carry the arrival in Dublin live since it happens at 4:30amET/3:30amCT/1:30amPT. The best place to watch all the action is here on TOD. You can also check http://www.rte.ie/live and also http://www.tv3.ie/live
      Happy viewing. Tv3 has live coverage right now of reporters talking about the Irish visit.

    • 228 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

      There is a full schedule and links to two Irish stations at the top of this post. They are eight hours ahead of Pacific time (five hours ahead of Eastern time). They’ve already started covering the visit on RTE, but their official coverage starts at 9am. They head to Moneygall at 9am EST.

      As for local stations – I haven’t really seen any mention of the trip on local stations. I saw one snippet of about 15 seconds this morning on CNN, but nothing since then. I wouldn’t count on seeing any real coverage, even though there are 150 US journalists travelling with him.

  54. 229 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I’m watching TV3. Can the male host get any more annoying? Glad to see that being a douche is an inherent part of being in the media.

  55. 233 Me4obama
    May 23, 2011 at 3:28 am

    ,CT girl, we have a liitle party going on right here. I thought I would do some 45 minutes of YOGA but I tried and could not focus on what I was doing. I will Michelle my body tonight instead of my regular 5:30 am michelleout.

  56. May 23, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Yes, welcome CTGirl. We are here.

  57. May 23, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Good morning, I’m in and watching/listening on tv3…

    • 237 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 3:39 am

      Yes, TV3 is covering potential fashion for the First Lady.

      • 238 sherijr
        May 23, 2011 at 3:41 am

        Yeah I’m laughing at how tall they seem to think she is: 6′ 3″ , lol. Not.

        • 239 theo67
          May 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

          It looks like Michelle may steal the show again – they absolutely adore her!

          • 240 sherijr
            May 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

            Well she is very fashionable & so gracious and beautiful- they had better love her 😉 She’ll be giving out hugs and they’ll all fall in love.

            • 241 sherijr
              May 23, 2011 at 3:48 am

              Well thanks to President Obama I managed to get an old lamp put together.. glammed up and ready for an ad in EBAY.. not a bad night’s work, thank you Mr. President 🙂

        • 243 UT Austin Liberal
          May 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

          Oh yeah when they said she was 6ft 3 inches tall… I laughed and said um no do your research. She’s about 5ft 10 or 5ft 11.

          I’m on TV3. Has anyone gotten any kind of live coverage on RTE?… it’s just dark screen for me.

          • 244 sherijr
            May 23, 2011 at 3:56 am

            Yeah RTE is still dark for me too.

            The cheerleaders were an interesting touch, lol… O B A M A !! I love this.

          • May 23, 2011 at 3:56 am

            Hi UT, RTE’s TV coverage doesn’t start til 9:20 Irish time, so hopefully the live streaming will start then.

          • 247 lisalovesobama
            May 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

            Nope 😦
            ps- but on a good note, Chips is BAAACKKK!!!!

          • 248 theo67
            May 23, 2011 at 3:58 am

            I switched off RTE – they had some radio show on, and then it went dark. TV3 seems to be running a special starting in a few minutes. Continuous coverage for the next 8 hours, then a wrap up summary at 8pm their time.

  58. 249 theo67
    May 23, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I love watching them try to analyze President Obama. They’re so serious.

    • 250 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 4:07 am

      I know Theo. At least they’re right in the fact that Pres. Obama does not pander to anyone. He’s not like Clinton or other politicians who are constantly shouting “love me, love me”. The reporters are really serious about analyzing all his major major speeches. 🙂

      • 251 sherijr
        May 23, 2011 at 4:12 am

        Agree UT- they at least got that part right. I just wrote that it’s often hard to hear them disect him like this, because they are frequently so manipulative- these folks are at least more fair and honest than our own media pundits.

  59. May 23, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Morning people! We have a live thread up and running:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/05/23/dublin-live-updates-here/

    Switch to there!

    • 253 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 4:21 am

      Okey dokey Chips. Everyone lets switch to the new thread and continue the conversation there. See you all there. 😀

  60. May 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

    On TV3, they just announced that they will shortly be going live to the airport for AFOne’s Arrival of our POTUS and FLOTUS

  61. 255 theo67
    May 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

    All these countries want to be equal partners. I guess that’s a good thing.

  62. May 23, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Watching at the airport now, my friends.

  63. 257 Anonymous
    May 23, 2011 at 4:53 am

    They. Have. Arrived. I justhope it is nice enough to get Moneygall.


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