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May
11

back to dublin – the concert & the speech

An image of U.S. President Barack Obama is displayed over the crowd awaiting his arrival to address them at College Green in Dublin

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a rally on College Green in Dublin


300 Responses to “back to dublin – the concert & the speech”


  1. 1 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 2 anniebella
      May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      I heard the President and First Lady will have to leave Ireland early, because of the volcano in Iceland. I think that is what I heard.

  2. 3 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Oh, Chipsticks, you are wonderful and we all love you. Thank you for doing this. We all want to share in this and you are helping us. Now on to the concert.

  3. 4 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Lovin that image of our handsome president.

  4. 5 Uche
    May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Wow…the crowd!

  5. 6 zizi
    May 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    From a historical perspective this visit to Moneygall is quite an interesting coda to President Obamaโ€™s genealogical journey. As a young man he set out on his own in 1988 to Kenya to retrace his fatherโ€™s roots, which ended in that powerful tear-filled meditation on his fatherโ€™s grave in Kogelo, Kenya (see Dreams from My Father). He did that when he was but a young man not yet world famous, still feeling his way around this complex world and trying to untangle his spiderweb-like roots scattered all over a global landscape.

    Today he is in Moneygall out of happenstance which his rising fame in 2007 enabled others to do the maternal genealogical tracing for him. For a man who talked about how his own maternal family web was smaller compared to Michelleโ€™s, now can happily and officially revise that part of his story. I am eagerly awaiting his second autobiography when this presidential gig is over. It will be very enlightening, just as his first one is.

  6. 7 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I can remember when the President was first campaigning and the Obama site would do live updates of events such as this. They would show the crowds and the long lines of people waiting to see then Senator Obama. That site is doing this President a big disservice by just ignoring events such as this.

    They built that movement for change by showing the excitement of that 2008 campaign in real time. Now that place doesn’t even bother anymore. It is such a disappointment IMO.

    THANK YOU AGAIN CHIPS!!!!

    • 8 Chi
      May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

      I agree…

      It’s almost like some imposters have hijacked and are running OFA…

      It’s shameful and sad…

    • 10 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      GAH. I’m more than a little freaked out by the total lack of information there. It’s astonishing and truly sad. There’s no mention of the trip, no photos of the day or a link to watch any of it. Just a thread from last night. It’s so utterly lame. WTH?

      • 11 donna dem 4 obama
        May 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Meta, I am beyond astonished with that place. I keep waiting for it to get better but I think that this is as good as it will get. So sad!

        Remember the Germany trip? We had all day updates and a live feed. Today we get Nothing, Nada. Chips has had over 700 comments since they landed in Ireland and the Presidents very own website has barely had 100 with very little discussion about the events in Ireland.

        My digust is off the charts. Thank goodness for sites like this and BWD.

        • 12 meta
          May 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

          I hear you loud and clear. It’s almost getting worse rather than better. Today I had to log in 4 different times just to post 2 comments. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. When I met with my local OFA organizer a couple of days ago, I mentioned the frustration. She said to send her an email and she would get it to Jeremy Bird. I don’t even know if I should bother.

        • 13 m
          May 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

          I’m thinking OFA should hire our dear Chipsticks! She’ll show ’em how it’s done!

          • 14 donna dem 4 obama
            May 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

            The crazy thing is M that they had a fantastic site. The 2008 website was the envy of all the campaigns. Their blog was the best blog out there for like minded people supporting the President. This new site is simply awful.

    • 15 Suzanne
      May 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      OFA needs to hear what you think, Donna. I know they are focused on getting organized in all 50 states, but this is important too. I didn’t know about OFA when he was running and didn’t realize they did that.

  7. 16 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What time is the concert again?

  8. 22 Suzanne
    May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    The RTE coverage is wonderful! They were so appreciative of the President and Michelle in Moneygall. And his cousin Henry and POTUS have so many similarities. Standing next to each other their body builds are similar, shape of the ears, nose, cheekbones and head — that tall, lanky build. Henry looked so happy. It was wonderful to hear the RTE coverage as they talked about how affectionate the Obamas were with people, how relaxed and friendly they are. That was great!

    • 23 Chi
      May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      It was absolutely lovely and refreshing indeed Susan…
      I’m sending them an e-mail to thank them for helping us enjoy and for covering this extraordinary home coming so professionally without the snark, rudeness and backhanded compliments that is now the hallmark of ‘journalism’…

      • 24 Suzanne
        May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Chi, that’s a wonderful idea! I will too. I found it so interesting to look at him through their eyes and to see them find the same qualities that I see — how loving he and Michelle are, how relaxed and caring about people. I’ll e-mail them, too.

    • 25 MoObama
      May 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Who is cousin Henry? Why is it so difficult to get coverage of the Obama’s doing anything? Please post a picture of Henry.

      • 26 UT Austin Liberal
        May 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        He is Pres. Obama’s 8th cousin on his mother’s side. Henry’s ancestor; a Healey married a Kearney I think. And falmouth Kearney is PBO’s Great Great Great Grandfather.

  9. 27 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    that song is rocking ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. 28 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    sorry guys, this is a mite off topic, but I’ve been going over the film I missed and seriously?….The car got stuck?!…..And I missed it?! Seriously.
    ps- the concert is off the hook and there is speculation that U2 might come. The other day someone on this site speculated on the same thing, whoever you are, you are seriously sharp ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 33 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I just love this concert. ZIZI what a great comment. I so agree. I really think this visit to Moneygall was very important to him personally. It gave him more roots.

  12. 34 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Padraig is HAWT! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. 35 Street_Smart
    May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Do you think U2 will perform?? I would love for them to be there and sing the campaign “anthem”!!! That would be a great moment!!! Thank you Chipsticks for this website, I don’t always comment but I am one of the regular @M and counting!! i visit the site everyday, great great job!!!!

    • May 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks a million for visiting Street_Smart! I heard earlier that U2 couldn’t be there, but we’ll see. Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 37 Street_Smart
        May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        Just saw this…
        http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55481.html Steele signs up with MSNBC

        Ridiculous….!!

        • 38 lisalovesobama
          May 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

          Why is that troll going to MSNBC? I mean, I realize that the losers on MSNBC can’t always be trusted, but to have that scum infiltrate the supposed Left Wing media? Heresy!!!
          ps- Blah Blah Lenty is gonna join the list of losing 2012 Repug field. MSNBC is gonna split screen PBO’s speech and Blahlenty’s town hall. Asswipes.

          • 39 Chi
            May 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

            You’ve got Rachel Maddow to thank for that…
            For whatever reason, she always seemed eager to get his perspective which was never a straight answer to anything and in most cases, petty childish digs and untruths or no answer at all…
            So now here he is, a permanent fixture on MSNBC, designed most likely to help in the separation of President Obama from his black supporters…

            Hopefully most smart people have figured out that MSNBC is almost as poisonous as FOX and turned them all off – for good…

            • 40 lisalovesobama
              May 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

              Argh!!! I knew there was a reason I hated that hag. She’s total crap. She and Steele can go stick it where the sun don’t shine.

      • 41 lUCI1119
        May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        Good afternoon Chips, thank you, thank you, thank you, I’m just enjoying all the sites here In Ireland. There are lots and lots of People to welcome our Beloved President. I’m about to go away on vacation, and I’m busy packing but missing a lot of events. Hopefully I can watch the concert here at college Green, and to hear him speak. I did get a chance to see a little bit of his visit In Moneygal. okay i will chat later~~~~~~

  14. 42 Jessica
    May 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    So what is the speech supposed to be about?

  15. 43 Doris
    May 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yeahhhhhh!!! Thanks Chips.

  16. 44 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Amazing event in Dublin, a beautiful and diverse collection of talent and terrific atmosphere. Love all the positive commentary from those at the microphone. Gorgeous moment.

  17. 45 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Daniel Day Lewis!!

  18. 50 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Daniel Day Lewis! My favorite Mohican! He’s so beautiful!

  19. 55 pinkbunny
    May 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    The car got stuck? How did they get the car unstuck??

    • 56 lisalovesobama
      May 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      no clue. But the crowd were so funny. First they were cheering till the car made this dropping sound and got stuck then they gasped, then they chuckled. I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ Crowds are amazing things.

  20. 57 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    The Beast struck something at the Embassy. I don’t think it hurt it too much, it’s suppose to be able to withstand a bomb, I would think it could withstand some stump of somekind.

    They have just landed back in Dublin. They will be at the concert soon I think.

    • 58 Titti
      May 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Was worried about the ‘Beast’ as I don’t think there’ll be any spares in this part of the world for such a wonderful motoring specimen.

  21. 59 yardarm756
    May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    How big is that crowd? i haven’t seen that many folks since the inauguration.

    • 60 Suzanne
      May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      I thought I heard this morning that the area would hold 25,000 and it filled up early so there may be more people in there than that and probably more outside.

  22. 62 Jessica
    May 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Saiosire (sp?) Ronan was there. She’s so cute and a good little actress.

  23. 63 StR
    May 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Weather looks ominous. Let’s hope it holds up, or at least no lightning/thunder which would shut down the speech.

  24. 64 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Oh, I love these twins. They are too much.

  25. 65 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    BLESS YOU CHIPS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! I’VE HAD CNN ON TOO AND LOUD…CAN’T GET MY CHORES DONE WHEN THE PREZ IS OVERSEAS…I ALWAYS WORRY TILL THEY GET HOME…AM WAITING FOR THE SPEECH…:)

  26. 67 anniebella
    May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    How special is our President and First Lady? I tell you, I was so glad when they finish shaking hands. And they got in their car.

    • 68 Chi
      May 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Oh Anniebella, you’re so sweet always worrying about the President and First Lady…
      They are both soaked in the most precious blood of our Lord Jesus and no weapon fashioned against them shall ever come to prosper…

  27. 69 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    this is just so much fun. But I am not getting any work done at home. This is my day to do laundry and its not getting done. This is much more important.

  28. 70 Street_Smart
    May 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I would love to be in Dublin right now!!! It reminds me a little bit of the Berlin speech during the campaign!

  29. 71 Claire
    May 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’m getting all of my coverage from this site. You are the BEST Chipsticks! It’s so refreshing to see people appreciate our President and first lady. Of course watching them interact with the good folks in Ireland is WONDERFUL!

  30. 72 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    OT: Have a good laugh. Paper prints story about Pawlenty’s campaign on the obituary page. Palenty’s campaign already dead? Bwaaaaaaaaa!

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/05/23/pawlenty_campaign_already_dead.html

    • 73 dotster
      May 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      I couldn’t believe that msnbc had a split screen of “Obama in Dublin” alongside Pawlenty’s big-no-one-cares announcement, as if those 2 things deserved equal billing. Maybe they were going for an “opposites” motif there today. Our media could learn a thing or 2 by the honest coverage at RTE, which appears uninterested in stirring up controversy for controversy’s sake.

      • 74 lisalovesobama
        May 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        I know! They are stupid as evidenced by the fact that they hired Notorious GOP Michael Steele. Gross.
        ps- did you see the article Proud posted of Blahlenty’s political death announcement? hahahahahahaha. You can’t buy publicity like that ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 75 Chi
        May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        Our media is too busy furiously finding just the right candidate to prop up on behalf of the republican party…

        The despair and handwringing over not finding a strong enough candidate to beat President Obama is driving them insane…

        At this point the media is pretty much head hunting, training and making guarantees on behalf of the republican party…

        If it weren’t so brazen and extremely destructive, threatening and destructive to our democracy, it would be amusingly pathetic…

      • 76 kelly
        May 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        Well the images side by side must have been hilarious though. I mean 50,000+ happy smiling folks watching our President Obama give an amazing speech on one side of the screen and a GOP muppet and a few crickets on another. *lol*

      • 77 Nellcote
        May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        But to be fair MSNBC did show part of the intro and the full speech. That was a happy surprise.

    • 78 Claire
      May 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you for the laugh!! TOO FUNNY!!

  31. 79 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Can’t wait to see some interviews with Henry Healy and the pub owner and all those who had contact with POTUS and FLOTUS today.

  32. 81 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    this is getting sooooo exciting ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. 82 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I made it back just in time! You should have seen me rushing to bathe Tucker. LOL. Poor puppy. Slow down, mommy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. 83 Dakota
    May 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Chipsticks,

    I Love You! Like Claire, I’ve gotten all my coverage from you and it’s WONDERFUL!!! I’ve sitting here sniffing and wiping my eyes at work. What an uplifting and joyful day this has been!

    Thank you for everything!

  35. 84 EDP4BHO
    May 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    First time chiming in today. OMG, that looks just like an Obama rally, with the rear stands and people shouting “Obama”!

    • 85 donna dem 4 obama
      May 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Its been incrediblie EDP4PBO. You’ll have to go back and check out the video at Moneygall. He darn near shook every hand in that city earlier today ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 86 meta
        May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        You could feel the love across the miles. Those folks have a memory of a lifetime. I think the First Family will be back someday.

      • 87 EDP4BHO
        May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Hi Donna. I have been watching everything since about 9:30 am but I just decided to comment. Loving every minute
        ๐Ÿ˜€

        • 88 Chi
          May 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

          Late to the party EDP4BHO, welcome…
          Most of us haven’t slept a wink, couldn’t miss one second of the live coverage…

  36. May 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    For anyone still watching the TV3 link, the RTE coverage is WAY better!

    http://www.rte.ie/live/

  37. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Look at that crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. 93 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    LOL! Big cheer for the man who’s come out to check the microphone. Too cute. They’re just so excited and bursting with anticipation.

  39. 95 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    LOVE THIS CROWD.

    • 96 donna dem 4 obama
      May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      I know they have me sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement and anticipation. You’d think I’d never seen PBO speak before ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 97 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    RTE has been great. Here he comes.

  41. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Here we go….

  42. 99 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    he must be close ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. 100 CTGirl
    May 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Listen to that crowd! Wow!

  44. 101 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my! What a reception! Amazing!

    Today, the 44th American President comes home! Yaaay!

  45. 102 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ A.M.A.Z.I.N.G ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. 103 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love prime minister Kenny. He’s a gifted speaker.

  47. 104 Dakota
    May 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Love how the Prez is beaming and rubbing Michelle’s arm!

  48. 105 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “Whether your Irish by blood, by marriage, or by desire…” LOL! I love that!

  49. 108 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    oh I’m getting such spotty coverage- the live feed stops starts- I’m at rte.. I couldn’t even get tv3 to work. I get bits and pieces of Mr. Kenny’s speech- he sounds pretty wonderful from what I can gather.. and oh my what a fabulous turn out of folks in Dublin.

  50. 116 EDP4BHO
    May 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Look at POTUS stroking Michelle…..LOL. I think he’s putting her to sleep.

  51. 120 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    this is too darmn much ๐Ÿ˜€

  52. 124 Chi
    May 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    This is too much…

  53. 125 zizi
    May 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Please don’t forget to give blow by blow of the speech to those of us who have no access to the livestream. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 126 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Taoiseach Kenny just gave a very beautiful and moving introduction for PBO. It choked me up. You must see it.

      PBO just took to the podium and he was greeted with thunderous applause. He’s giving them lots to applaud, even reciting some of the Irish language, which they loved. Very warm and sweet.

  54. 127 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    OMG, this is extraordinary. WOWIE.

  55. 128 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    OMG! What’s different about this President is that he just doesn’t talk about the American Dream he IS the American Dream!!!

    I had to get up and shut my door because the tears started flowing down my face!

    • 129 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Me, too. That really got me because it’s so true and so real. If only our citizens could wake up and see the honor in that.

    • 130 m
      May 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Well said Donna and so true! “He doesn’t just talk about the American Dream, he IS the American Dream!!”

  56. 131 collegekay
    May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Wow!!! He’s a rockstar!!

  57. 133 Kels
    May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Shout out to the Corrigan brothers!

  58. 134 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Whew, just managed to download the RTE app to my phone, and I’m getting the speech live. Niiiiiice….

  59. 136 DreamChaser57
    May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I love Kenny’s words….”whether you’re Irish by birth, by marriage, or by desire….” The world is becoming more inclusive, more diverse – Our tapestry is richer and more colorful – hence more vibrant. Sometimes it’s incredibly easy to pay so much attention to the pundits, the malicious, the hateful, the short-sighted, the ignorant because they often speak the loudest, and their words pierce the heart and mind. Yet, the 44th President’s legacy is secure – his accomplishments are impressive, what moves me most is heart – his mind – he very presence brings out the best. Despite the live coverage in Ireland, and some of the reporters were less than respectful, the people have spoken, their love for him is evident, they see what we all see – it’s so precious…

  60. May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Cousin Henry given a shout-out / sweet!

  61. 139 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Now called “Henry the 8th”!

  62. 141 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I’m just beside myself with awe, excitement all kinds of emotion right now. This is surreal. A historical first.

  63. 142 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    His voice is just a little affected — he must be exhausted. 24 hours ago he was addressing AIPAC, now he’s across the seas addressing 40,000. I don’t know how he does it. I so hope he gets goooood rest tonight.

  64. 145 Jessica
    May 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Live feed is screwing up something serious.

  65. 146 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    And he brings it home: “YES WE CAN!” in english and irish —–and the crowd goes WILD!

    • 147 zizi
      May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      What was the content of the speech? No livestream available to me

      • 148 sherijr
        May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        Zizi, he talked of our interconnectedness- the Irish and Americans.. all we’ve accomplished together- all of the Irish throughout American history.. it was truly a speech of love and respect I think to his roots and to the specialness of the Irish throughout the world and their own amazing history. he is a lovely man our President.

        My own great-grandmother came from Ireland and I felt very touched by all that he said, I wish my grandfather was still alive to have heard and seen this today.

  66. 150 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This is an outstanding speech. When does he get the time to write this stuff. I know he has speechwriters but you can see his hand print all over this speech.

  67. 152 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Wow. That was amazing. Simply amazing. I’ve got goosebumps all over. Tears rolling down my cheeks.

    God bless President Obama.

  68. 153 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    what an speech! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I got goosebumps from start to finish

  69. 154 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Well dang he managed to make my cry once again ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well done Mr. President and thank YOU Dublin & all of Ireland!

  70. 155 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    THE PRESIDENT WAS CLOSE TO TEARS DURING THIS SPEECH…HE FELT THE LOVE IRELAND GAVE HIM AND HE’S NEVER GOING TO FORGET THIS DAY! JUST BEAUTIFUL…THE WAY OUR FIRST COUPLE SHOULD BE TREATED…ALL THE TIME!

  71. 156 collegekay
    May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow wow wow!!!!

  72. 157 Carolyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Watched the entire Dublin speech, and intro by the Prime Minister, uninterrupted on CNN. When it ended, the commentator said it was an inspirational speech, which it was. I then went to our local news for updates on possible severe weather. The crowd was great! They adore him. I loved what he said: “We came looking for the apostrophe in our name.” He really detailed the interrelationships between Ireland and America. A beautiful speech.

  73. 158 kelly
    May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    OMGaaaaah stunning emotional perfect speech!!! *crying my ass off right now* Best POTUS EVERRRR!!

  74. 159 Jessica
    May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    So much for Pawlenty. In these hard times we need someone inspirational. T-Paw couldn’t inspire a fish to water.

  75. 163 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    You could tell this was a very personal speech. It was wonderful. This has been a very emotional day for him and for all of us who love him. This has been all I had dreamed and hoped for. We will be thinking about all parts of this for along time.

  76. 164 Titti
    May 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Missed it all, got home just in time for the last few sentences of his speech. Watching him ‘walk’ the crowd.

  77. 165 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Now Maureen Dowd. I hope she is decent now.

  78. 166 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Seriously? An awesome speech! This was unbelievable, unbelievable. I’m speechless.
    ps- Dowd is on RTE yapping her trap. She sounds stupid.

    • 167 dotster
      May 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Why is she there, wrecking everything? She gave some compliments, but they were interspersed with some of the most outrageous, untrue statements, which as a real student of Obama I knew to be false. Pushed tired, media-driven falsehoods about Obama. I wanted her to shute’ (nice Frenchy way to say STFU).

  79. 168 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Maureen Dowd ๐Ÿ™„

  80. 170 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    “He IS the American dream.” Take that teaparty haters. That was the most incredible speech. Just another example of why this brilliant President will not be beaten in 2012. The rethugs got nothing.

    The Irish love you, Mr. President! We love you, Mr. President!

    And Maureen Dowd needs to shut up.

  81. 173 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    On Dowd again. He is not aloof or detached you twit. YOU ARE A STUPID TWIT!!!!!!!!

    • 174 AnitaW
      May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      He was nothing until the Kennedy’s endorsed him? What clap trap. Maureen Dowd is an idiot.

    • 175 sherijr
      May 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      I would imagine the media wants access to him all of the time- and thus they make up shite about him, because they can’t get that access. Maureen Dowd has proven herself to be a sniping vindictive hag since the primaries.. and thus I HOPE he is aloof and detached in her stinky presence.

    • 176 kelly
      May 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      That woman is definitely a PUMA. You can tell by how she boosts Bill Clinton and keeps using old false GOP memes to try and put down our amazing President Obama. She sounds likes the biggest asshole ever and her voice is so dang annoying. I had to mute my netbook. The devil is truly a liar.

  82. 177 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Dowd is blathering….I’ll be back…

  83. 178 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    She is such a dud. He was too someone before Caroline Kenedy. What a b@#%h.

  84. 179 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Shut up, Dowd. Lying saying PBO was nothing until Caroline Kennedy endorsed him. That’s a damn lie! He had already won Iowa and was drawing thousands and thousands.

    Arrgh, I can’t stand that stupid woman!!!!

    • 180 EDP4BHO
      May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Before Obama, most people had pretty much forgotten about Caroline. She’s a private person.

  85. 181 EDP4BHO
    May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This woman reporter on RTE sounds like such a novice. Some good comments, others just plain ridiculous. I do not like the stupid media. The best way to report on POTUS is just to watch and listen to him. We get him.

  86. 182 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Oh my GOD, Maureen Dowd just said Barack Obama was NOTHING until Carolyn Kennedy endorsed him. SHAME on her. Serious Shame.

    • 183 sherijr
      May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Oh and fyi Ms. Dowd- you are nothing- most people in America have not a clue who or what you are, hag.

    • 184 lisalovesobama
      May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      She’s an asswipe.

    • May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      And just to let you all know, the commentator on RTE (Niall O’Dowd) was a Clinton groupie who opposed Barack Obama every step of the way. In fact, his brother – who is a member of the Irish parliament – ‘endorsed’ McCain. ๐Ÿ™„

      • 186 sherijr
        May 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        thanks for that info Chips, such scum these people in the media with their made up bs. Never any lie about POTUS that the media isn’t willing to make up or repeat.

      • 187 lisalovesobama
        May 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        *****SCREAM****** Yuck, yuck, yuck.
        ps- He’s not being Clintonian. He’s being Barack!!!!

        • 188 lisalovesobama
          May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

          ian…Barackian. Take that Clinton groupie!!!

        • 189 sherijr
          May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

          Yeah thats just disgusting- the comparison to Clinton and the need to one up POTUS with made up Clinton crap is very trying. Clinton has nothing on Barack Obama and it is pathetic to continue that meme into Ireland.. Ms. Dowd needs to overcome her crush and get some perspective. I am not gonna hold my breath. Like I said, nothing but a blathering cow.

  87. 190 EDP4BHO
    May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Oh so that was Ms. Dowdy…..I thought so. No one stupider than she, except for Palin.

  88. 191 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’m so pissed at the lies they’re telling. PBO walking among the crowd is a Bill Clinton thing? He got too cool?

    What fools. Dowd will get an email from me. What an imbecile.

  89. 192 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    and her male counterpart is saying this is a very different Obama here in Ireland- why must they all lie about president Obama? what is with these media people- who the eff do they think they are, and who do they think they’re fooling.

    • May 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Just posted this comment about that guy, sherijr:

      And just to let you all know, the commentator on RTE (Niall Oโ€™Dowd) was a Clinton groupie who opposed Barack Obama every step of the way. In fact, his brother โ€“ who is a member of the Irish parliament โ€“ โ€˜endorsedโ€™ McCain. ๐Ÿ™„

      • 194 m
        May 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        Chips, I do not think I have noticed the eye roll smiley before. Sometime can you repost the directions on how to make those smiley faces. I need to jot down some cheat notes!

  90. 195 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Ok I’m on mute until she shuts up!

  91. 198 Debz
    May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This speech was truly and inspiration. I am so glad he had a chance to be with the people of Ireland. They have shown him so much love. I think that was good for our Presidents soul after having to deal with nutty yahoo and the gop.

  92. 199 aristac
    May 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    WTF is that idiot Dowd talking about. Please shut the hell up

  93. 200 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    shut ya piehole lady:roll:

  94. 202 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I Love the Secret Service ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. 203 Titti
    May 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    OMG, he pulled the ‘Tom Cruise’ move – talking on someone’s phone.

  96. May 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Maureen Dowd has not a clue to what she’s talking about and unfortunately one of the broadcasters followed suit. Why is she there? And why is she making stuff up?

  97. 207 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Dowd is spewing total dreck. My God, the lies she’s spreading. “He’s been unhappy in the presidency.” PLEASE.

  98. 209 Kels
    May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Maureen Dowd is the epitome of the D.C. Village Idiot. She has no idea what’s going on in this country and how people feel about this President. She cannot think at all outside of the box. Now she’s saying that he’s been unhappy as President and doesn’t know how to greet people. All evidence points to this as totally untrue, but it doesn’t matter. If the village idiot says he’s aloof, then it doesn’t matter that he’s seen pretty much every day hugging real Americans. He is aloof and that is all.

    Someone get this bitter old hag out of there and put some real commentators on to speak. Every word out of her mouth is to trash him.

    • May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Criminy not the aloof memo again. She’s been waving that flag since Inauguration Day and repeats it every two weeks. The woman never leaves the Beltway. Isn’t that the epitome of aloof? A reporter who never interacts with real people. Projection.

  99. 211 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I think she is off now. I took off the mute and don’t hear her.

  100. 212 zizi
    May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Chipsticks and fellow TODers, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you so very much for bringing us who are unable to SEE this day’s event, so vicariously close to the action. I could not thank you enough. Being a certified Obamabot, I dreaded this day not being in the US to bask in the livestream glory of this historic visit. Yet through the pictures, summaries and the generosity of fellow TODers I came close to experiencing what all of you have enjoyed since 4 am. Kudos y’all. Now go get some rest.

  101. May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Is that who the woman is that was talking? Good grief. She is disgraceful. what a liar.

  102. May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    And I thought the RTE feed was more pro-Obama. Naught!

    • May 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      It was Jackie, until Maureen Dowd and Niall O’Dowd came on!

      • 216 Proud of Obama
        May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        That witch follows the U.S. President all the way to Ireland to lie and trash him. Disgraceful. Stupid hack.
        Where the hell did she get that lie PBO has been unhappy as president? Just a frickin liar.

  103. 217 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    ZIZI, I am sorry you couldn’t follow on video, but your comments are very much appreciated. You have such great insight. I hope you can catch some of the video when Chipsticks has it available. It has been a wonderful day.

    • 218 zizi
      May 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll get to a location where I’ll have a stronger internet signal so i view all the video action from today to my heart’s content. Cheers!

  104. 219 Obama Proud
    May 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I just could not EVER love my POTUS more. At least that’s what I tell myself, and then he does a trip/speech life this.

    And then I love him more.

    And then after that, I love him more.

  105. 223 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    They are now talking to the people for Moneygall. The parents of one of the babies he held. They are all so thrilled.

  106. 224 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love the interviews with the folks in Moneygall- they are head and shoulders above the pundits- I am so glad POTUS & FLOTUS were able to spend time with them and very very grateful for the goodness of the people in that village.

  107. 225 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Change of plans: Instead of spending the night in Dublin, PBO will leave Ireland early tonight for London to try and stay ahead of the volcanic ash cloud.

  108. 227 Hachikล
    May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Apparently, I missed the bile Maureen Dowd spewed. So glad I had better things to do like cleaning my apartment. Bitterness is unbecoming, Ms. Dowd. Give it a rest.

  109. 229 mtmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Well, folks I guess the day is over. Now I guess I will have to do the laundry. Thanks to all who were here to share this very special day. Looking forward to all the pictures I know that Chipsticks is going to put up.

  110. 230 Titti
    May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hilary was on BBC news 24 giving a news conference on ME.

    The O’s are coming early becoz of the Icelandic Volcano ash cloud which is predicted to reach UK later tonite.

  111. 231 professorx10
    May 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I say we get out the pitch forks and torches to get RID of the PUNDITS and TROLLS!

  112. 233 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m turning them off. They- Dowd is a lying ass and ought to have true shame for her remarks on Irish Teevee trashing the American President. I will be emailing her.. for her lies.

  113. 237 P
    May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful day everyone especially Chipsticks!!!! Although both links began to stick for the concert I was able to catch PBO’s speech on CNN!! I will never forget this day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. 238 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    omg! there goes the “guns and religion” crap again ๐Ÿ™„

  115. 239 UT Austin Liberal
    May 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This bitch Maureen Dowd is an idiot. She is calling the President lofty and high and mighty. She’s an idiot.

    • 240 sherijr
      May 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      She really is beyond the pale in her assessments, they are right out of her ass and lie no where in the realm of reality or FACT. She’s got such a thing for Clinton that its truly disgusting.. and her obvious anti Obama screed ought to be called out, unfortunately they’re treating her as the mouthpiece of American’s. A true shame, that he spends one day in Ireland only to have their teevee be so negative and truly trashy.

    • 241 Proud of Obama
      May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      And lying, lying, lying. PBO went to pubs and drank beer during the campaign. He was always out with the people. Damn shame.

      The Irish reporters are saying there were 100,000 people at his speech.

      Suck on that haters. You cannot defeat this brilliant President. He is wonderful.

      • 242 Claire
        May 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        I have photos of the President drinking beer and shooting pool on the campaign trail. Mean Muffy needs to STFU! Honestly, she makes me so angry with her blatant lies.

      • 243 meta
        May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        He went to diners and bars and pool halls and everywhere and he partook of whatever everybody else was having. She’s an idiot who’s stuck in her own private Idaho.

    • May 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      That is one lazy journalist. Variation of the same memo she’s been using for over two years.

    • 245 Pinkbunny
      May 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Totally agree!! I hate using that word, but when it comes to women like Dowd, Palun , and Bachmann it’s the only word that fits!

  116. 246 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    100.000 people ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  117. 247 UT Austin Liberal
    May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Chipsticks is there anyway to let us know what time POTUS is arriving in England tomorrow and meeting the Queen. I’d like to watch that. Ooooh can’t wait for the State Dinner. Michelle is going to blow everyone out of the park.

    Guys on RTE they said that 100,000 people showed up to hear Pres. Obama speak at College Green. W-O-W

    • May 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Hi UT, it seems like all the plans have changed, the President and First Lady are leaving Dublin tonight instead of tomorrow. Will post new schedule as soon as I find it!

      • 249 UT Austin Liberal
        May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        Thanks. I just want to know how early I should be up. I have been awake since 5amCT Sunday morning. I need to catch some zzzzzz if I need to be up at like 3am or something. ๐Ÿ˜€

  118. May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Estimate 100,000 persons turned out for concert.

  119. 251 CTGirl
    May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    The official number 100,000 … Wow!

  120. 254 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Okay, enough about Dowd. There are great interviews with the locals and Irish newscasters who are excited and positive. Nobody cares about Maureen.

    They’re inteviewing Henry VIII :-).

  121. 256 EDP4BHO
    May 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    As for Ms. Dowdy, who I sincerely think has the hots for PBO and is a horny bitch, and knows she can’t have someone like him, people will see for themselves that she told major lies. Just looking at the videos, and listening to the Irish citizens shows the real deal. Pictures do not lie, like the media lies.

    • 257 zizi
      May 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      She does have the hots for PBO. No two ways.

    • 258 lisalovesobama
      May 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      sort of like a woman scorned? I can see that. She’s one gross heifer though. Don’t know why she’d think someone like PBO would want anything to do with her.

  122. 259 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Cute comments from the pub owner….they’re smitten by Michelle.

  123. 261 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    the local Reverend seems to have really enjoyed Mrs Obama’s kiss.He mentioned it twice and he said he wasn’t gonna wash his face for a while ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 262 P
      May 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      He better know PBO don’t play when it comes to his wifey! Those guys were cracking me up the whole time!!!

  124. May 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    This was all worth staying here all night with my friends. Thanks so much, Chipsticks. You are the best. Thank you from the sweetness of my heart. Our President was GREAT. We are so proud of him and our First Lady. What a day. Thank you God for this beautiful family here and for this entire event.

  125. 264 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Henry really does look related to the President.

  126. May 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hey guys, just pity the pundits like Maureen Dowd. When they Obama is aloof and detached they mean towards them. And its justified. Who would want to be around those snakes.

    • 266 Proud of Obama
      May 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      You are so right, gobrooklyn. He cannot stand the media. They have rightly earned his scorn. Idiots.

    • 267 COS
      May 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Don’t forget. “He doesn’t connect with the independents and the white working class voter”. She was disgusting and tried her best to put a damper on this wonderful event.

  127. 268 m
    May 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    There is a wonderful interview with three gentlemen from moneygale including henry the 8th, stephen neill and ollie the pub owner. it is just ending, but has been great! i hope chips can post it!

  128. 271 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    the interviews in Moneygall are outstanding- these people can’t be praised enough imo for their courtesy and kindness- and their common sense in how they’ve seen our President- for who he truly is.

  129. 272 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Moneygall is still rocking ;-).

  130. 273 donna dem 4 obama
    May 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I haven’t done a darn thing here at work today ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now I have to go do 8 hours of work in the next 3 hours ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 274 Claire
      May 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      That was great closing video of the Presidents visit. I loved the music and the whole montage!

  131. 275 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    OT: Conservative talk radio — Limbaugh and Hannity (hah) ratings going down.

    “Right-wing talk radio may have worn out its welcome, at least for now,” reports Crain’s New York Business.

    A new Arbitron report shows Rush Limbaugh’s ratings down 33% from a year ago and Sean Hannitty down 28% over the same time period. Meanwhile, more centrist personalities — Don Imus in the morning and John Batchelor at night — were both up from a year earlier.

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/05/23/conservative_talk_ratings_slide.html

  132. 276 Suzanne
    May 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve been watching the RTE after speech coverage. One interesting thing — one of the members of the Irish government was talking about renewing an Irish network they had in America. This was with other talk that they will be able to use this visit and build on it — to build trade and tourists. They seemed to feel this would help them with their They seemed to feel strengthened to assist others in the world.

    They said there was 30,000 in the speaking area in Dublin with a total of 100,000 in the speaking area and streets around.

    I thought his speech was so inspiring. I had tears in my eyes several times. The people of Moneygall, especially his cousin Henry the 8th — were adorable!

    Thanks for hosting the live blogs, Chipsticks!

  133. 277 CTGirl
    May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Pic 18 … The genealogist, Megan Smolenyak, got a big hug! So sweet!

  134. 278 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Huge Thank yous and HUGS dear ((((((Chipsticks))))))))) for hosting this wonderful event~ and for everyone’s wonderful comments, it has been a lot of fun – thank you thank you ALL ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. 280 Mae who love our CIC
    May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    The Irish people are a warm and loving people. They love our President as much as we here in the States. This has been a fantastic day.

  136. 281 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    LOOK AT THAT RAINBOW IN MONEYGALL!!!!

  137. 282 debchemist
    May 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    President Obama is a once in a lifetime leader. We are so fortunate that he is President of the United States and the leader of the free world at this turbulent time in our history. May God continue to Bless him as his works to solve the many problems facing the country and the world.

  138. 283 Claire
    May 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for everything you did to make this possible Chipsticks. I have had a terrific day here.

  139. 284 Proud of Obama
    May 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    That last photo of the woman touching the President’s cheeks says it all: He is loved so much. No matter how the haters try, they can do nothing about that.

    Chipsticks, you have been outstanding as usual. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this wonderful visit with our beloved President.

  140. 286 rhondadc
    May 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Chipsticks and the OBD family are simply the best. Thank you for all the links and the coverage.

  141. 288 halo
    May 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Yikes!! What if that were a cell phone bomb?? Mr. President, BE CAREFUL!

    • 289 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      SS looked mighty uncomfortable. But on the RTE, the reporters said that SS couldn’t belive the warmth the Obamas were extending and the warmth they got back in return. They also said that SS said that that Obamas are the real deal.

      I think the SS guys guarding the Obama family really like and respect them. And it’s reciprocal.

  142. 290 Deagara
    May 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The media stated that only 25,000 showed up to hear our President speech compared to Clinton which they’re stated he had over 250,000. I guess my eyes fooled me because it look like over 100,000.

    • 291 Betty's Girl
      May 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      I just heard that too! It is clear to the eye more than 25,000 showed up. Somebody has it in for President for this trip. It is so foolish to be so disrespectful of the President especially when he is on foreign soil. There are some very nervous people at there.

      • May 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Hi Betty, I’ve heard official crowd estimates today ranging from 80,000 to 100,000. That would be roughly the same for Pres Clinton’s speech 15 years ago, it’s not possible for a bigger crowd to fit in to that area – you saw today, it was full, the police wouldn’t allow any more people in!

        • 293 COS
          May 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

          I heard that there was another area that had a number of people in addition to the capacity crowd there. Lawrence O’Donnell said 30k. ๐Ÿ™‚

  143. 294 Betty's Girl
    May 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Chipsticks, I want to thank you so very much for today! It was the best birthday present.

  144. 297 Kasai
    May 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    ((((((((CHIPSTICKS)))))))))) I can’t thank you enough…and there aren’t any more words….that haven’t been said here…….You are simply the best… and thanks to all of you here for making this place a “Home”.

    As excited as I was today, I admit i was a bit taken by the lack of media coverage of this historic event.
    I am beginning to think that all the media outlets have a marching orders…to NOT cover anything that shows our President in positive form…or how much he’s loved. I am stunned, the fear of showing the love he gets from other countries, has the media in pieces…. They don’t want to show the american public all the lies they report due to the fact, it doesn’t go with their negative narrative.

    They should be ashamed for the disservice…and lack of journalism for the millions of Irish Americans….ashamed for not letting our children be part of history…

    We need to voice our discomfort with every outlet…and email the Maureen Dowed..and have their credentials taken away.
    What the hell were they doing for a week in Ireland? to report or BS?

    Sorry for my rant……Other than that….IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT DAY!!!!!!!

    God Bless America and Ireland…..and Chip:-)

    Peace!

  145. 298 Kasai
    May 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Betty ๐Ÿ™‚ What a Beautiful Day to celebrate!!!!

  146. 299 roger_vega
    June 6, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Boy I’m so glad I found this site! I started a new job on May 2nd and it’s been crazy so I haven’t been able to get my daily does of Barack and his speeches, travels, etc. I couldn’t fully enjoy the elimination of Bin Laden due to the diligence of this president, NOT the previous! And the Ireland trip as well, I haven’t been able to thoroughly enjoy it because in my limited free time, I can’t seem to find a source that has all the content in one place. And it’s a shame.

    It’s a shame because Obama’s speech in College Green, Dublin, will go down in history as one of the greatest speeches not just by an American President, but by any world leader in the past few centuries. It’s up there with the Kennedy “Ich bin ein berliner” speech. The right likes to harp on the “bring down the wall” speech but for sheer poetic brilliance, timing of the words, tone and cadence of the voice, for inspiration during difficult times, THIS will be hard to beat! It was a brilliantly delivered speech all through but then the jewel in the crown was the “Is feidir Linn, Yes We Can, Yes We Can, Is feidir Linn” part(with the 2nd yes we can delivered with an awe inspiring feat of voice modulation by this once in a century Speaker and world leader).

    Yet, there are countless Americans who don’t even know about this masterpiece, who go about their daily lives revelling in the stupid pomp and foolishness of Sarah’s latest antics – the Paul Revere history rewrite being the most recent! If parents are really serious about teaching their kids to be leaders, they should set everything aside and listen to this Dublin speech with their kids and let them realize the importance of being able to express oneself articulately and the power of education and knowledge. Not drink beer and watch a basketball game or go on a mommy’s night out romp. End of my rant.

    To the original point of my post, it is some consolation that atleast there are sites such as this where a great and wonderful speech is celebrated and talked about. Kudos to the folks that run this site and to those that post here! In keeping with the Irish spirit, Go raibh maith agaibh. Thank you all!

    – roger


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