the dublin speech

Text of speech here

You can see the President and Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speeches here

And you can see both speeches at C-Span (here)

Thank you Loriah

31 Responses to “the dublin speech”

  1. 1 Carolyn
    May 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This speech was inspirational, positive and forward looking. I love what the Prime Minister said: “Barack Obama IS the American dream.” I think this is a point that needs to be reiterated…..he’s not from some prominent family with wealth, he worked his way up, he worked for everything he has. Nothing was easy.
    Now, I’m looking forward to his speech in Parliament. I read that he is only the fourth non-Brit to be asked to address Parliament since World War II. Charles De Gaulle, Nelson Mandela and Pope Benedict XVI. That’s some heavy company. I don’t remember the source, and hope that that news is accurate.
    The world knows what we have, and they are thrilled. He really is international in outlook, and the world appreciates that.

  2. 4 MTmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Both my husband and I had tears as we listened to him. What a speech.

    • 5 P
      May 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Awww! This was indeed a historical day! Despite the showers of blessing (rain) everything when down perfectly and I don’t think there would have been a better host than the people of Ireland especially the people of Moneygall!! This day will definitely stay with me and will be shared with my children and grandchildren in the future. Thanks you to everyone who contributed and made today a remarkabble one! Love and Peace to you all. Let’s hope tomorrow will bring futher joy 🙂

    May 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm


    • 7 HZ
      May 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Sue, I felt the same about this speech. I felt that he was thinking very much about his mother and grandparents. You could see it as he was being introduced. I may be wrong, but I believe that this was one that he wrote on his own like his Race Speech. It just felt like that to me. It was like he had a conversation with his mother and Toot and Stanley while he was writing this speech. We will find out for sure after he completes his second term and writes many books.

  4. 8 Doris
    May 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    What a grand day indeed.

  5. 9 kittypat
    May 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    One helluva beautiful speech, Is feidir linn !,(what a wonderful language).

  6. 10 kelly
    May 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Fab speech fab day. Anybody have another link to Taoiseach Enda Kenny introducing POTUS? I can’t download his speech from the link posted. Thank you CS for bringing us all the happenings of the day.

      • 12 Walking on Sunshine
        May 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        Thank you TEAMOBAMA2012! Enda Kenny can really give a good speech! That was wonderful. I loved it when the crowd went nuts and started chanting “Obama! Obama! Obama!”

        But the whole speech was inspirational. No disrespect but I think PBO looked a little tipsy from the Guinness! Either that or he was giddy with joy. Either way, it’s all good 😉

        • 13 P
          May 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

          Hahahaha @ ‘a little tipsy’ but I must agree with you lol and he was rubbing Michelle like she was standing in a box of ice shivering lol. But whether he was tipsy or not he manage to deliver a superb speech so I guess him being tipsy isn’t so much of a bad thing lol 😀

          • 14 HZ
            May 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

            P, that may be part of it, but I felt like he was just so very happy to be there and he might have been thinking about his mother, grandfather, and Toot. His face was just lit up with a beautiful radiance that I have seen few times. I think it was thoughts of”Look Mom, Toot, and Gramps, thanks so much for everything that you did for me.” Just my thoughts. It is so beautiful that we all love our President so much that we can see so much depth in him. This is wonderful. The tipsy is a nice touch also. Great day.

            • 15 Walking on Sunshine
              May 24, 2011 at 1:34 am

              It was a wonderful day. I’d be on the floor – under the table – after downing a pint of Guinness after a trans-Atlantic flight followed up with a magnificent speech to a crowd of 100,000!

              I’m sure he was thinking about his mother’s family and I hope he will be able to go back in less hectic times and spend more time connecting with his Irish roots. This is a lovely and exciting time but wouldn’t it be nice if he had the time to really look around his ancestral town and be able to take quiet time with his extended family? I hope he gets to do that one day.

  7. 16 lisalovesobama
    May 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Also, I’ve been trying to find a link in order to watch PBO’s movements and speech tomorrow but I’ve had no luck, partly because I’ve yet to read computers for dummies. Eitherway, I know there’s sky news but its asking me to download something and I’m not too fond of the idea as a first resort. i also tried bbc news live online and I’m not getting anythin. BBC One tells me I’m out of the region and everything else is a bust. Can anyone outside the US help? Maybe there are other stations that I obviously know nothing about, that currently have info and chatter about the prez and will also have coverage tomorrow?

  8. 17 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Chips, I found this draft itinerary for tomorrow:

    President’s Tuesday Schedule, London
    All times U.S. Eastern

    7:20am: arrival ceremony Buckingham Palace
    7:25: lunch w/Queen Elizabeth
    9:00: view the Portrait Gallery/Buckingham Palace
    10:00: tour Westminster Abbey & wreath laying
    10:45: arrive 10 Downing St., talks w/PM Cameron
    12:00: Opposition Leader Miliband
    3:30: Dinner w/Queen

  9. 20 Bobfr
    May 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    OT, but important (and relevant) All hell breaking loose in Tripoli –


    scroll to comments … Twitter usage meter peaking …

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  10. May 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm


    This video angle shows what happened to the BEAST today and I have a structural integrity concern.

    It is my hope that the US Secret Service views and forward all angles of the incident to the engineers.


  11. 24 Pragmaticadult
    May 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Rte is Replaying the visit for those who have not seen it

  12. 25 Doris
    May 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    President Obama on C-Span now.

  13. 26 meta
    May 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Henry Healy posted this video to Twitter, a very crowded back room at Ollie Hayes’ pub tonight. It’s somehow all sideways and wonky, but you get the drift:


    BIG PARTY going on! I hope they are really enjoying the celebration.

  14. 28 AnitaW
    May 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I thought I came across a reference from the SS saying the Obamas were the real deal and they loved working for them. Did anyone see that article? If so, please post.

    • 29 pinkbunny
      May 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

      Someone on another thread – can’t remember if on this website or on BWD’s site mentioned that her friend worked for the SS, and that they really like the Obama family.

      I also read in Richard Wolffe’s book “Renegade”, that one of the President’s favorite watches is the secret service watch given to him by the SS on his birthday in 2008.

      I also read somewhere, can’t remember where, that during the campaign, the Obamas were very respectful of being on schedule and not keeping the SS waiting. and I am sure that Sasha and Malia were very sweet and didn’t give any lip or trouble – not like the Bush daughters.

      • 30 AnitaW
        May 24, 2011 at 1:22 am

        Okay maybe that’s where I saw it. I couldn’t remember. I like that the Obama Family is close to the secret service agents that protect them. And I like that the secret service likes the family. Very nice.

  15. 31 Titti
    May 24, 2011 at 6:35 am

    It was quite a roller coaster of emotions days – loved it. Thanks guys!

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