moneygall memories

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet people as they walk along Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

16 Responses to “moneygall memories”

  1. 1 Andogriff
    May 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Fabulous, wonderful photo… thanks for this, and for all the incredible coverage yesterday!! I wasn’t able to get to the TV, and it was such a joy to have it all waiting for me on TOD in the evening!

  2. 2 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    This is the photo the Whitehouse sent out today, I love it… to me, it expresses exactly WHO President Barack Obama is.

  3. 3 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I love this too! The Secret Service remain vigilant so the President doesn’t have to. And, interestingly, when you’re actually in his presence, the Secret Service fade from your consciousness.

  4. 4 isonprize
    May 24, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My, oh my! President Obama must be driving the Secret Service crazy!!

  5. 5 Doris
    May 24, 2011 at 11:56 am


  6. 6 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Pete Souza is the Man.

  7. May 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    He can never go into crowds like this in the south… unfortunately and some north western states like Pennsylvania.

    • 8 Sonjia Duncan
      May 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Pennsylvania is Midatlantic or Northeaster. He is well liked in the Philadephia area and had huge crowds when he was running, but yes it is a big state and not all are friendly to the President.

  8. 9 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    The crowd greeted POTUS with such exuberance and without reservation – they just unleashed their joy and it was returned by the President and First Lady.

  9. 10 Suzanne
    May 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    LOVE the photo! I had a smile on my face as I was thinking of Moneygall this morning. What a beautiful experience for all of them and for me, too! I just logged on about an hour ago and hurried here to see the news for today. Thanks for the BBC live stream link, Chipsticks. I have it running constantly on an open tab in IE. I like their text updates on the left side, too. I really enjoy hearing the positive, professional coverage of European media. Michelle’s Buckingham Palace dress was especially beautiful. I’d love to know what the President was seeing in the Queen’s private collection of letters and paintings.

    This is wonderful, Chipsticks. Thank you so much.

    • 11 Suzanne
      May 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Just heard the BBC saying the collection the Queen showed them was from the early days of the colonies and the war and I think the early history of the United States. One letter was from King George III saying the colonies were lost. They showed a book on Lincoln, but didn’t say what it was. I’ll bet the President loved that. The Queen looks so comfortable with them, lovely smile on her face.

  10. 12 Suzanne
    May 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thought of something else. I watched the RTE coverage later in the day and they interviewed people in Moneygall. One couple had handed the President a very small baby and the parents were thrilled. They were going to frame the little outfit the baby was wearing. So sweet.

  11. 14 mick
    May 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

    that’s moira shepherd! I’m a proud moneygall man for the last few months, but on a natural high for last 2 days…it was an unbelievalble, emotional experience – we all got to meet Barack and Michelle and they were so warm, generous, affabale and charismatic. The USA are v.lucky to have him as President….

    • 15 sherijr
      May 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Welcome Mick from Moneygall! We so appreciate the joy and kindness Moneygall showed our POTUS & FLOTUS- Thank YOU ALL- what a town of wonderful people… I, for one, hope you’ll continue posting here and keep us up on how folks are getting along there. I saw a video last night with Ollie Hayes telling how ya’ll are getting tourists and hope that trend will continue- so please keep us abreast of how everyone is doing. And yes many of us here know we have true treasures in our First Family Obama, so glad they found family there in Moneygall.

  12. 16 Ian Hassett
    May 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

    What a great photo to sum up the welcome he would get in any Irish town or village. Looking at Moneygall from here in the Philippines it brings back great memories of growing up there as a small boy running through the fields bare footed in summer, building huts for our hideouts, catching minnows in the stream down by the fairy fort.It was a great place to be a little boy and I remember Robert Kennedy going by on his visit to Ireland back then. I stood on the street holding my kitten in my arms outside our home (Hassetts) and wondered if he saw me waving as the big black car with little flags on the wings passed by. I wish I had been there this Monday and drink a pint to this President’s good health.

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