when irish eyes are smiling…..

President Barack Obama is hugged by a woman in the crowd after delivering a speech to thousands of people at a public rally at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23

44 Responses to “when irish eyes are smiling…..”

  1. 1 halo
    May 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    That lady should watch her back. FLOTUS has SS too!!

  2. 2 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    the President had better know this woman 😮

  3. 4 MTmarilyn
    May 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Oh what a joy. I am running out of words to describe how I feel today. Watching this all unfold and to be able to share it with all of you is just beyond wonderful. Our President needed the love and he got it. Now he is recharged to fight more battles for all of us. God bless and keep safe our wonderful President and his family. All of them.

  4. 5 Debz
    May 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I really appreciate your hard work in keeping up with POTUS. Thank you so much.

  5. 6 Fred
    May 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    does anyone know a direct link to contact the Obama campaign so that I can forward a Wonk Room link about Pawlenty and his lies? and PLEASE keep spreading this 😀


  6. 7 sam uk obama supporter
    May 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    What beautiful pics thank you so much Chipsticks. The Obama’s look amazing and they are so loved around the world. i am just totally in awe of them.

  7. 8 P
    May 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I find this lady is a bit too much on the touchy side!!! I am sure the Flotus will not be too fond of these images and if she is I am not! Next time a handshake would to just find 🙂 Mr Obama has a huge female base of admirers..don’t think any other President was loved by the ladies like this…if I was Mrs O I would have my shotgun ready lol

    • May 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      I think it was just extreme affection P, I don’t think she could help herself!

    • 11 UT Austin Liberal
      May 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Nah .. guys I think its just innocent. I think that she was genuinely touched by his speech and his visit. Look at how she holds his cheeks. It’s kinda like an older adult looking the younger person in the eye.. and saying “I’m proud of you… You are one of a kind.. and above all Thank you”.

      I’m sure FLOTUS is ok with it. She knows that POTUS knows that she’s Prime Steak.. and others are 10 week old stale burger patties. 😀

  8. 12 collegekay
    May 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Awww I think it’s sweet. I don’t think she meant any harm. : )

  9. 13 Tien Le
    May 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    If looks could kill, that woman would be DOA. That SS guy is lasered in on her.

    • 14 P
      May 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Yes I noticed that too lmao 😀

      • May 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        He’s got to be, all of them. Every hand could hold something life threatening, and cameras? I’ve often wondered if it’s at all possible to make an innocent camera into some kind of death ray — here I go again, I think I need help.

        But I imagine the SS get daily crash courses about the various types of cell phone cameras and exactly what they look like. But no wonder the SS men have faces like stone, with the fear of something happening to the president on their watch, needing eyes on all sides of their heads. There were many hands holding that little woman upright, and I bet all of them were SS.

        As far as these women encroaching upon Michelle’s territory — she knows he’s loved by so many. I don’t think it bothers her in any way except as a danger, as I do.

  10. 16 Tien Le
    May 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Is it just me who thinks that Maureen Dowd was sent to Ireland with instructions to protect Clinton’s legacy? Sent as in by Bill himself? Can’t have the Irish thinking more highly of President Obama than President Can’t-Keep-it-in-his-Pants. (Not a Clinton fan)

  11. 19 Claire
    May 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I loved when the woman did that. I thought that will make for some great photos. To me she completely expresses the love and admiration the Irish people have for the President. If only all Americans would realize what national treasures he and the FLOTUS truly are.

    • 20 Proud of Obama
      May 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Claire, I totally agree with you. This sweet lady was just overcome with the love we all feel for him. I would like to think that if I ever got a chance to be face-to-face with PBO, I would want to do the same thing. It’s just genuine affection and love as you would feel for family. And that’s how I think of PBO. He’s family to me. My younger brother. But he’s 1000 times smarter and the President of the United States and leader of the free world.


  12. 21 Sue
    May 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What a wonderful site this is. Thank you for all the great coverage.

  13. 22 sherijr
    May 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    well I love this lady~ and his response to her is adorable.

  14. 23 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    LOVE IT!

    We’re all a human family. She’s just expressing her love.

    I hereby declare that all Secret Service Personnel get a raise IMMEDIATELY. Goodness gracious they deserve it…and more.

    • 24 m
      May 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing. Thank goodness for the SS agents who made this day possible/safe.

  15. 25 UT Austin Liberal
    May 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Watching Nora O’Donnell’s coverage of POTUS’s visit to Moneygall. The Priest who discovered the ledger with Falmouth Kearney’s occupation, baptismal record and all that, just told Nora that PBO’s Thrice great grandfather was a community organizer. I guess it’s in the genes. 🙂

    • 26 m
      May 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      That is great and funny too! I guess leadership is in the genes!

    • May 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      I just uploaded an earlier interview excerpt from IRISH TV a few weeks ago which is longer but I cut it to highlight and underscore what Nora just stumbled upon. No MSM stateside will build a narrative from it that is for certain. They search only for henagtive things.

  16. 28 m
    May 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    These Secret Service agents are incredible. Thank goodness for their tireless work and commitment in keeping PBO safe. There is such a stark contrast between the face of PBO as he is so relaxed, happy and smiling and the very serious secret service agent keeping close watch over his shoulder.

  17. 29 GGail
    May 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    That is such a sweet gesture! It makes you go Awwwwwwww! So who mixed the largest batch of Obama kool-aid in Ireland and passed out the cups to all of Dublin & Moneygall last night???!!! Was it you Chipsticks?? and your Mum?????

    • 30 Debz
      May 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      LOL, only a true “Obamabot” and her Mum would pass out that much kool-aid. You are too funny!

      • 31 GGail
        May 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

        LOL! how else do you explain all of this love pouring out of Ireland for Barack H. Obama, President of the United States?

  18. 32 kelly
    May 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm


  19. 33 fig8jam
    May 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    POTUS says..”he’s like Muhammed Ali THE GREATEST!! I love it!! before he downs his drink and makes certain he had the pourer that was the greatest!!

    LOVE IT!!

    He backs our culture whereEVER!!

  20. 34 ZeeUK
    May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    That lady just made the best out of the situation. You go girl!

  21. 35 Luci1119
    May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Chips for all your hard and devoted work of providing us with wonderful photos, Videos, and Articles. I’m enjoying It so much. I really need to be packing, I’m going out of town on Wednesday, but I haven’t accomplished much yet. As for the Lady that squeazed PBO’s cheeks, was done In complete adoration, and just so happy to see him. I think It came from her Heart and Soul 🙂 What a Great Reception from the Ireland-ers, If I may use this word. We could feel their Hospitality all the way here In the U.S. This was a good day, and to see all the People that came to see the Obamas. Wowwwwww. I just don’t ever remember seeing a President and First lady receiving this much Love and attention. This says a lot about Our POTUS and FLOTUS. Great People. Great People.

  22. 36 Carolyn
    May 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I believe our President’s Irish eyes were smiling all day!!! What a wonderful reception, well deserved. The Dublin paper estimated the crowd at 100,000….the largest crowd the Prime Minister has ever addressed…..More Americans need to understand He means hope to the rest of the world. Others represent fear and going backward….He is the opposite….hope and going forward!

  23. 37 Sonjia Duncan
    May 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Poor lady she just couldn’t help it, sad to say that would be me.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm


  25. 39 Deb Paree
    May 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you so much for those photos…I have tears in my eyes as I write this. So sweet, such joy.

  26. 40 Betty's Girl
    May 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    How did she get so high above the crowd? Is she standing on someone’s shoulders? Too funny!

  27. 41 HZ
    May 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Yes, our SS detail is always on the job. I concur, we truly give much thanks for each one of them serving our First Family and Second Family. That has to be such a tremendous job. What a beautiful day. Thanks Chipsticks again for all of the pictures and the links.

  28. 42 VC prezOfan2
    May 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Well, Chipsticks and the Gang, there are not enough words to say how wonderful today has been! Thanks, AND THANKS, and thanks again!

    While some in America continually criticize, even to the extent of taking their ‘dirty laundry’ comments abroad (that Dowd woman}, God continues to uplift the Obamas and raise up voices to acknowledge them. Pretty soon the naysayers will be quietened [2012 😉 – at least for a while].

    As we come to the end of the day here in parts of North America,
    ‘Thank you, Lord, for the weather in Moneygall, as well as for the overwhelming enthusiasm shown to this President and his wife. Thank you for the ‘realness’ of President and Mrs. Obama, for their warmth, their obvious enjoyment of the ‘common people’ and for the difference they are making in America and in the world. Thank you also, Lord, for the very positive contribution that Chipsticks, BWD, and others are making to this time in our history. We are so blessed.

    Also, please draw near to those who are hurting/suffering for whatever reason (tornadoes, health, or …) and bless, provide, comfort or heal. Amen’}

    Good night, TOD-ers, sleep tight, and have a good rest in preparation for whatever tomorrow brings!

    • 43 VC prezOfan2
      May 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      P.S. Lord, I forgot the Secret Service. Sorry. Please take good care of them too. They have been doing such a terrific job, even when the President gets all caught up in, and with, the crowd. They have got to be so stressed at times, so Lord I ask that you would be there guiding their eyes, their instincts and their reflexes, and when they get a break, help each member to really rest. Amen.

      Good night , again everyone. {I promise I won’t pop in again for a ‘drink’. ;)}

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