58 Responses to “phone a friend”

  1. 1 GGail
    May 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    He has got to be driving the Secret Service CRAZY with these spontaneous movements. The SS on his left wanted to take the phone before POTUS took it. How do you scold the President of the United States??? That girl and her mother are on top of the world and the SS is sweating buckets!

    • May 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I know, look at the SS’s face….he’s SO P.Oed!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 3 Doris
        May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        They are. I feel sorry for them. They are really getting a workout. Hopefully, the President will see that get good bonuses this year.

    • 4 Suzanne
      May 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      The Secret Service guy might or might not be po’d, but that look on his face is just intensity. I’ve seen it on all of them at one time or another when POTUS is in a crowd. They look like they almost have X-ray vision — just totally focused on where they are looking.

    • 6 vitaminlover
      May 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      I like how fierce they are about protecting our beloved President.

  2. 7 Oxfarm
    May 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    BIG Security no-no. This is the last time he will _ever_ do that.

    Trust me, POTUS will be spanked and scolded.

  3. 18 P
    May 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    That must be the bravest girl ever…if she was my daughter I would give her a big hug and kiss for doing that!! How thoughtful of her to let the president speak to her mom! This man has got to be the coolest man ever! The SS definitely are having a hard time especially with down to earth people like the Obamas…they could make anyone catch a heart attack futhermore the SS with these unusual of a President and First Lady gestures lol

  4. 19 theo67
    May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    He’s definitely going to get an earful from the head Secret Service guy… I think he might deserve that earful this time.

    Hi everybody – what a great day in Ireland! I’ve been hooked on the live feed since the President and First Lady arrived in Dublin this morning. What an absolutely wonderful day and visit. The Irish did themselves proud today.

  5. 20 UT Austin Liberal
    May 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Wow. Pretty cool. I would be freaking out if I found out it was POTUS on the phone. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 21 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I was once on one of those national OFA conference calls in 2008 and all of a sudden the operator comes on the line and says, I have the President for you from AF1. It was very patchy reception and then Reggie Love comes on and says, OK, here is the President. That was really a thrill to hear him calling in from AF1. You could tell he was on an airplane because of the sound. Since then, they’ve done a few more of those calls during HCR run-up and 2012 roll out. He has such a great voice.

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  7. 23 Tien Le
    May 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Is that what aloof looks like? Cuz I’m going to have to reorient my internal dictionary.

    • 24 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Hahaha. Ditto

    • 25 Debz
      May 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Yes, this is our aloof, cool, professorial, unable to connect with people, President

    • 26 meta
      May 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Yeah, and look how much he isn’t enjoying the Presidency.

      • 27 Debz
        May 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        I could not believe that insipid woman actually said that!

        • 28 theo67
          May 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

          Her job this day was to take the shine off the visit. She only managed to delude herself. There were 100,000 people who were at that event, and some of them are finding it hard to speak due to their excitement. The media is a very sad affair. I’m glad the crowd booed them.

          • 29 Debz
            May 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

            The crowd booed the media? I missed that. The US media, especially, should be booed, often.

            • 30 theo67
              May 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

              During the concert. The host said to wave to the media at the back, and some in the audience booed, and the host said “aw, be nice”. It was a beautiful moment.

  8. 32 Suzanne
    May 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    RTE interviewed people who had attended the speech. The young girl who had given the phone to President Obama to speak to her mother was so excited she was almost shaking and said she wouldn’t let anyone touch the phone now. They interviewed several young people who had been there who were very moved. One thing RTE said was this audience was much younger than President Clinton spoke to when he spoke there in 1995. And that Prime Minister Edna Kenny had never spoken to such a large crowd of young people.

    I think this will be a part of a resurgence for Ireland. RTE interviewed an Irish official who talked about reconnecting with Irish Americans and renewing trade and the tourist industry. Several of them remarked on the President’s comments about them going through hard times before and coming back and that they would this time too. I think they felt a lot of hope and encouragement.

    So much good coming out of this day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 35 kelly
    May 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    That’s what’s up. I love him, so cool.

  10. 36 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    good to hear the people’s POV ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. 37 Doris
    May 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    His mother must be so proud.

  12. 38 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I’m still watching RTE. I feel like a freak, but what the hey. I don’t mind re-watching and re-watching two of my favorite people getting the welcome and support they so richly deserved.

    • 39 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      I just rejoined that broadcast. Just heard that Air Force One has just left Dublin, to get out ahead of the Iceland ash cloud (how crazy is that?).

    • 40 lisalovesobama
      May 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      ps- PBO just left Ireland ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • 41 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      I have re-watched it over and over. I’m now looking for the footage for their arrival in London tonight. Then, will have to take a nap until the late night coverage starts again. I’m unashamed.

      • 42 sam uk obama supporter
        May 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        What a day! This site is amazing, thank Chipsticks for the wonderful reports and pics from Ireland.

        Just heard that President Obama landed in London half an hour ago. Been lurking here since this morning but not posting much I’ve been so overwhelmed with the beauty of the day and love that the Irish people have for your amazing President. I know i won’t sleep tonight, but will have to try, i am leaving for London real early in the hope of maybe seeing him or atleast his motorcade or marine one. This is just the most incredible time, I can’t believe that he is here almost in the same town as me! I really must try to sleep now. Thanks once again for such a great site.

    • 43 P
      May 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Hey is RTE showing it again? because when I click on the link they are showing other programs…what are you looking at? Would love to re-watch lol

  13. 44 HZ
    May 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful day in Ireland. For all of my friends who stayed up all evening, I enjoyed your company so much. We had a wonderful time. A very special thank you to Chipsticks for making it possible. What a beautiful day. We give thanks to God for the safe trip to Ireland, the lovely weather after all, cousin Henry, the Prime Minister Kenney and all of those happy young people and old alike. President Obama’s mother is smiling with much love upon her beautiful son today. We needed all of this happiness and love given to our President and First Lady. Thank you Ireland. Can’t wait to see what Tweety is going to say today. He surely must have double chills running up and down his legs.

    • 45 theo67
      May 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Hi HZ – what a wonderful day indeed. I heard one of the commenters/pundits/”journalists” saying that he had a chill running down his back (I thought of tweety) during the Moneygall portion. I thought it was very significant that the sun kept coming out just at the right moment, and that a rainbow appeared in Moneygall. On to London! That should be a nice trip, too.

      • 46 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

        I don’t know how London can top this! Unless there’s another ancestor there, they can’t, lol. Looks like the Queen is ready to show PBO and FLMO a great time, though.

    • 47 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      That’s right, Tweety is Irish. Maybe I’ll come off my “Hardball” boycott to watch him. Lawrence O’Donnell sounds Irish, too — and I watch him regularly; hopefully he’ll have something on the visit tonight.

      • 48 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        Meanwhile, on the other end of the Irish spectrum, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly must be crapping in their pants. HA!

        • 49 Nellcote
          May 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

          Don’t forget CNN. Their talking head said the big story of the day would be the limo getting stuck!

        • 50 anniebella
          May 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

          Let Hannity and O’Reilly get some depends they will help them out alot.

    • 51 Sue in Minnesota
      May 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Amen to your beautiful words.

      Chipsticks we owe you BIG time….you have made this day from beginning to end, one to remember. It was the next best thing to being there…you are so generous for having enabled this experience.
      Thank you!

  14. 52 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    glad he left.I hope he gets to France safely.GOD bless and protect and guide the President

    I want to thank Chip for today.You have been absolutely wonderful and I want you to know how much I appreciate all the work and I want to think the TOD family for being just fabulous ๐Ÿ˜€

    good night folks

  15. 54 Marcelisa
    May 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    It’s so wonderful to see him enjoying this trip. After all the unbelievable birther lunacy he has had to endure, I’m glad he experienced overwhelming love and care from the people of Ireland. I can’t wait to see those kinds of rallies once again here in the States. No single American political figure today–Democrat or Republican– can bring out a crowd of 100,000 anywhere except Barack Obama. A true global leader, he is!

    This site has been absolutely brilliant in covering this event. Thank you so much giving us so much to enjoy today! Blessings and gratitude!

  16. 56 Sonjia Duncan
    May 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This has been a remarkable day. I love that the people of Ireland welcome our President with open arms and heart. He was just great in his knowledge of Irish American history. I am so proud that we have a brilliant President with a sense of humor. Thank you Ireland.

  17. 57 anniebella
    May 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I do believe Secret Services will have a talk with the President. It’s their job to keep him safe and he is going to have to listen to them.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm


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