the most special of days…..

The slideshow is by The Irish Times – you can see the original version here

Herald: President Barack Obama has vowed to make a return trip to Ireland with his two daughters. A full state visit is now on the cards after the US President was stunned by the response of the Irish people.

Mr Obama was overheard telling the crowds of well-wishers: “We’ll have to bring our girls to see Moneygall.”

As the President was forced to cut his trip short last night, Irish authorities extended a fresh invitation for a longer stay.

A Government source said that the President was genuinely stunned by the huge crowds and enthusiastic welcome in both Dublin and Offaly.

“He expected that the Irish would be good fun but it wasn’t until he got here that he fully understood the excitement around his visit.”

This video was made by our very own Donna:

Donna? You’re a gem 😉

108 Responses to “the most special of days…..”

  1. 1 LYNN
    May 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm


  2. 4 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    That is so beautiful and touching. I would like to have one for my personal video library. Chipsticks, will you email it to me please, please, please!

  3. 8 dotster
    May 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    What a remarkable visit that was! It was so heartwarming and inspiring and emotional, just wonderful from every angle, every perspective.

  4. 9 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    OH, WOW. That is really a great compilation. It captures his ability to create emotional contact wherever he goes.

  5. 10 Doris
    May 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Can the documentation of this week get any better?

  6. 11 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful~ you’ve made me cry a lot today and yesterday Ms Chips.. and smile and laugh. Thank you 🙂

  7. 12 Me4obama
    May 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Just wow, it just gets better everyday, what a wonderful time we live in,witnessing this great man touch every living soul’s hearts. Tomorrow it will even get better. Let’s go change the world. Good night my TOD family.

  8. May 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    wah…I’m gonna cry.

  9. 15 anniebella
    May 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Bringing Michelle, Malia, and Sasha back for a visit. When it’s not cold, windy, and rainy would be great. And bring Bo and Mom in law too. That would be so nice.

  10. 16 CTGirl
    May 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    What an awesome visit and this slideshow captures it so well! Thank you so much!

  11. 17 meta
    May 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I just keep thinking of that HUGE and mutual sweet embrace between POTUS and FLOTUS and Moneygall. I bet they carry those memories in their hearts for a very long while.

  12. 18 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    His is truly a humble man – he didn’t expect this huge, warm and enthusiastic greeting from the people of Ireland. And he has no idea how PUMPED we were to witness it!

  13. 19 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm


    Eternal thanks to the warm people of Ireland, especially of Dublin, and most especially of Moneygall for all the love they’ve shown our First Family.

    • 20 Doris
      May 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      He’s come full circle it seems with the release of his long form birth certificate (not that he had to) and now his trip to Ireland, it feels like the world has finally settled in to who Barack Hussein Obama is. With these revelations and experiences, he has got to feel a sense of peace for himself and his family. I say a book is coming. Probably several books.

      • 21 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        He keeps on moving forward — he’s still that skipping little boy marching to the beat of his own drum, as portrayed in the book about his mother. Focused, charming, curious, welcoming, strong. The story’s only begun to be told.

  14. 22 Nellcote
    May 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I still want to know how they got “the beast” unstuck LOL!

    • 23 Doris
      May 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      That was the 2nd beast, the lead car. His car is okay. BTW, the President and First Lady were in the second beast, lol.

      • 24 kelly
        May 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        Yeah ever since reading this story yesterday I kept wondering why MSM kept insisting potus was in the vehicle and they know he is never in the first limo. I feel like the White House press “corspe” gets paid to do nothing. Always they report some false news.

        • 25 Eleroy
          May 25, 2011 at 1:36 am

          They’re evil!!!

          They go looking to catch a bad moment for President Obama which will be the only focus for all their reports!!!

          The black out on this very successful trip is enough to make you understand what this President is up against!!!

          You see the idiots, Ed Henry, Chuck Todd and all they do is sneer and snark!!!
          I hate them with every bone in my body!!!

        • 26 Theo67
          May 25, 2011 at 1:37 am

          They even said that POTUS and FLOTUS had to walk for some length! The truth is that the Secret Service issued a statement saying that there was a miscalculation, even though the measurements had been taken into account in the advance prep. They also said that the President was not in the car, and that they are investigating the incident. The car was taken away later by a flatbed truck, under wraps, as well.

  15. 27 Canada13
    May 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I live on the west coast of Canada. I love these fabulous pictures and video of the Obamas and the various other VIPs, as well as their interaction with the ordinary citizens.
    The Queen and Prince Philip seem to genuinely enjoy their company. I like the way the Queen looks at Obama and Michelle with such a warm smile.
    You are lucky to have this man as your president. He and Michelle are a class act. He is the first American president who is truly a man of the world, and his knowledge and experience of mixing with so many different people from so many different countries and cultures over the years is so, so obvious. And Michelle is just awesome. They could teach those republicans a thing or two about ‘family values’, that’s for sure.
    Thanks for the photos.

  16. May 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I saw them maneuvering it up on the ramp of a long-bed truck. Probably dented the underside. One of the aides said it wasn’t the Beast and it might not have been, but I suspect they had to say that just in case it would otherwise make the president vulnerable if he needed to be traveling in a non-armored car.

  17. 31 EDP4BHO
    May 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Our President is a force to be reckoned with. I think of the song “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”….well, there were so many smiles there, I don’t think I saw one reticent look throughout the whole visit. I am profoundly proud of my President, and in utter disgust at the media and politicians in this country. What say we swap…..bring all the Irish here, send all the haters there. Better yet, let’s just toss their asses in the Atlantic.

  18. 32 P
    May 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    My view on this wonderful video is ‘A day I will never forget!!!’

    On a sad or shameful look: What do you all think of this:
    (CBS) – First lady Michelle Obama wore a stylish spring outfit when she and President Obama met Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, but there was once piece of accessory some may think was missing from her look: A hat.

    Michelle Obama style
    Should the first lady have worn a hat when she met Queen Elizabeth II?
    Yes. It’s a sign of a respect!
    No. It’s a diminishing social trend, plus it would have ruined her outfit.
    Don’t care.
    Total votes: 2499
    Cast your vote

    Share this poll:FacebookTwitter
    Dressed in a contrasting turquoise Barbara Tfank dress and pink bolero, Mrs. Obama stood out while standing alongside the Queen, who wore a matching floral dress suit with a light blue hat and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who donned a cream dress and jacket with a matching hat by Philip Treacy, during the official welcoming ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    While headpieces are not by any means required when meeting the Queen, wearing one could be interpreted as a sign of respect to the British monarch. Samantha Cameron, wife of the Bristish prime minister, was severely criticized in the UK for not wearing a hat to the royal wedding last month.

    France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wore an understated, grey pillbox hat when she and husband French president Nicolas Sarkoz, arrived for their state visit to Britain back in 2008.

    Hat or no hat, Mrs. Obama’s choice outfit was consistent with her personal style: cheerful with bold mix-and-match elements.

    Tell us: Do you think Mrs. Obama should have worn a hat? Take our poll and share your thoughts below.

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20065791-10391698.html#ixzz1NKCpANFy

    This disgust me with a capital D. Shame on the American press!!!

    • 33 Hachikō
      May 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      What a moronic thing to say. When has Michelle Obama ever worn a hat? She didn’t wear one the first time she met the Queen. Why should she wear one now? I didn’t see the new Kate wearing one.

      • 34 P
        May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        Exactly!! As my mom always says ‘You can never please people!’ No matter what this First Lady does she is gonna be critised!! It’s like they are looking for things to fault her with! It’s ridiculous!!!

    • 35 sherijr
      May 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Just American press trying to bring discord, another way to attack FLOTUS. seriously EFF the media. Do we really believe they give a crap about hats, no way. They couldn’t find anything to attack her on, so as per their modus operendi – they make up a controversy. Despise them.

    • 36 GGail
      May 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Ridiculous! Be true to thine own self.

    • 37 kelly
      May 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      herp durp everybody knows Mrs. O doesn’t wear hats. the end.

    • 38 Eleroy
      May 25, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Stop giving these idiots clicks!!!

      They do this just to get clicks – don’t give it to them. then they’ll fizzle out and die!!!

    • 39 anniebella
      May 25, 2011 at 5:48 am

      It just tell you how disgusting the media is today. I don’t think the First Lady should have worn a hat. As you said she didn’t wear one the first time they meet and the media didn’t ask that question. They just had to have something negative to lay on the Obamas. There were no touching the Queen, so they couldn’t fuss over that, so now it’s the hat B.S.

    • 40 anniebella
      May 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

      P, concerning CBSNEWS.com poll if Mrs. Obama should have worn a hat when she met the Queen? Well I just sent them a email, and I told the exactly what I thought of that stupid question and them for asking it. If you guys get a chance please do the same.

  19. 41 Hachikō
    May 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So Sarah Palin’s running for President. The woman is so unbelievably narcissistic and oblivious to her faults. Oh well, it means President Obama’s re-election is assured (you know she’ll win the Republican primary). I just will be keeping my tv off from now until 2012.

    • 42 sherijr
      May 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Did someone just announce this? I am not surprised, her arrogance knows no limits. I want to see her fall hard, very hard and very loud, I want her to learn that she isn’t good enough. I want all her little ignorant racist hateful followers to know it too.

        • 44 GGail
          May 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

          But what about the book her ex-aide wrote about her? TRENDING: Ex-aide blasts Palin in new book: ‘She loved to play the victim’

        • 45 sherijr
          May 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

          Thanks Haichiko~ I know lots of folks worry a bit about her in this. I think she will do her worst to bring out every hating racist in the country- but I believe also that she doesn’t stand a chance, not a chance. She may well win her primary, although I don’t think any one of the gop winning makes any difference- they are all losers, all liars and all scum – pretty much indecipherable from one another.

          One thing I’m betting on is once they get up against President Obama, they will fall.. and while he’s kicking their behinds in debates and in the polls, we’ll need to be knocking on doors and phonecalling and reminding the voters exactly all he’s done for them.. and what the republicans are planning to do TO them.

          What the GOP doesn’t have and will never get: President Obama & Us.

        • 46 meta
          May 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

          Actually, Nate Silver followed up with this tweet:

          To be clear, I have no inside gossip on Palin, just drawing an inference from @realclearscott’s reporting: http://bit.ly/liizaq

          I don’t think she’s announced yet.

          • 47 VC prezOfan2
            May 25, 2011 at 1:25 am

            BUT she apparently has had a Stephen Bannon movie made about her ‘mavericky leadership’ – “The Undefeated” – which is due for release towards the end of next month. It’s 2 hours and is meant to reposition her as a successful politician in Alaska. This was a movie financed by Bannon and filmed in great secrecy, not with her, but under her instigation and with her blessing. She is reportedly quite pleased with the final outcome (which tells me a lot). Quite politically savvy of her to reveal this information on the day the book by a former aide ‘Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin…’ is published. This hater is not going away yet.

          • 48 Hachikō
            May 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

            No, she hasn’t, but all indications are that she will.

  20. 49 lisalovesobama
    May 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm


    • 50 lisalovesobama
      May 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm


      • 51 sherijr
        May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        Holy shit, I was just saying to mayself it wouldn’t happen – I am sooo glad to be wrong. Holy Smokes, maybe just maybe some folks in this country are waking up and wising up at last. Thank you ALL who voted for the Democrat, thank you!

        • 52 lisalovesobama
          May 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

          me toooo !!!!! I refused to hope. the race has been called but the repug filed/ or will file, a restraining order so Hochul can’t announce the win. So says Ed Shultz, but not too sure about that

  21. 55 Claire
    May 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    What a beautiful memory.

  22. 56 Doris
    May 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    AP: Democrat Hochul in NY-26 WINS in special election.

    • 57 mtmarilyn
      May 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      I just heard that too. That is so great!

      • 58 Doris
        May 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        I’ve been out reading the comments about the election and everyone is saying that the repugs are toast for 2012. They say this feels so good. I wonder what the President’s reaction is to this. Folks are laughing at the speaker and cantor too. No more scott brown.

      • 59 globalcitizenlinda
        May 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Great news, Democrats and We The People are on the move!! Next is the results of the Wiscosin recall election which will tell the people who are trying to destroy the middle class that this will not be tolerated!!

        Excellent job NY-26 district!! we are on the move

  23. 60 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Yay for Kathy Hochul!!!! She beat that Medicare issue into the ground, as a good candidate should. Eat that, you clueless teabagger, Paul Ryan :-D! You damn fool!

    • 61 lisalovesobama
      May 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      I hope Democrats realize that this is the golden goose and don’t muck it up!! If there is one good thing I can bring myself to say about those nasty maggots, it’s that they know how to join lock step and message, even though their messages are lies. Democrats always have the truth on their sides but they have no killer instinct. They let opportunity slip line water through their hands. This win is a message!!!! With truth on our sides, we can win and win big!!!! Fricking stick together and tell the truth with force and vigor!!! Unward and Upward to 2012!!!!!

      • 62 lisalovesobama
        May 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        nasty maggots are Repugs.

        • 63 Doris
          May 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

          I think the President’s team is steering the ship and are all over this. I think we’re okay. This is a biggie!

          • 64 lisalovesobama
            May 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

            I meant Congress not PBO. I know how bad PBO is. I don’t worry about him. It’s those lilly-livered congress people I have problems with. But you’re right, PBO wants to have more than 2/3’s of government at his back in 2012 to more forward with his agenda. I know he AIN’T playing. Democrats in congress better fall in line baby. Cause they are either with him and win, or against him and fail.

      • 67 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        I hope the Republicans keep marching lock-step…right into defeat in 2012!

      • 68 kelly
        May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

        The good news is most of the Blue Dog Dems were voted out last November. They were the dems who kept making our potus job harder when he was trying to get stuff done in that first crucial year. Good riddance to rubbish.

        • 69 Theo67
          May 25, 2011 at 1:47 am

          If only we could replace Claire McCaskill with a real Democrat in that district. But, alas, it’s supposed to be red country. Well… so was NY26…

    • 70 P
      May 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Congrats to her!!!

  24. 71 kelly
    May 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Aww chips this is beautiful thank you.

  25. 72 GGail
    May 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Congratulations to Kathy Hochul!!!!!

  26. 73 Puddin'
    May 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    IS FEIDIR LINN!!!!!!!

    • 74 Doris
      May 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      I’m just so glad that the Scott Brown syndrome has been broken. We really needed this win in a forever red district. YES WE CAN!

  27. 75 P
    May 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm


  28. 83 Suzanne
    May 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This is wonderful, Chipsticks. I remember when Taoiseach Enda Kenny was visiting the US and President Obama said he would visit. The Taoiseach looked so happy I could tell it was important for him. I enjoyed the open, down-to-earth people and their welcome for the President. When others feel such joy, so do I, especially when it is for someone I love! The slideshow is great and I’m happy the President will return. I think good things will come to Ireland from this visit — new trade, new ideas, new hope. Blessings to all of them. 🙂

  29. 84 HZ
    May 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Yes, congratulations to Kathy. “Come on, let’s go and change the world.” President Barack Obama.

  30. 85 Carolyn
    May 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I just learned that the home of very good friends was totally demolished in one of today’s tornadoes here in Oklahoma. Fortunately they were not in the house when the tornado hit. The man’s father said if they had been, they would not have survived. So tonight, please remember many families in Oklahoma in your prayers, who tonight, like those in Joplin, are totally stripped of everything. We were fortunate where we live. The tornadoes went north and south of us, but the one that went north hit our dear friends. This is heartbreaking.

    • 86 Doris
      May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Yes, it is heartbreaking. So sorry to hear about your friends. I will be praying for them and everyone.

    • 87 GGail
      May 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      They are in my thoughts and my prayers tonight Carolyn.

    • 88 anniebella
      May 25, 2011 at 6:01 am

      To tell you how disgusting these Republicans are, that Eric Cantor is saying that they the House will with hold federal disaster aid to these people who lost everything in those terrible tornados,unless more cuts is made. At a time like this how could you be thinking like that? I will tell you why and how. Because it the poor and middle class that’s why. The Republicans don’t give a darn about them. They are for the rich, nobody but the rich. Look at how they want to destroy Medicare. But they all supported keep giving money to those oil companies, who are making record profits. They want to keep the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Balance the budget on the back of the poor and middle class, that’s what the Republicans want to do.

  31. 89 pinkbunny
    May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I’ve been at work all day! so this is the first chance I’ve had to take a look at what’s been happening all day!! Thank you for putting all of this together! I only wish I could have shared the moments with you all!!!

    • 90 Theo67
      May 25, 2011 at 1:51 am

      Don’t forget to check out the BBC live feed – they are scrolling a really good summary of all the events of the day. Hope you can join in earlier tomorrow. I’ve only been able to sneak a peak here and there during the work day, but I’m hoping to be able to close my door at work tomorrow morning and just watch the proceedings in London in peace!

  32. May 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Please join me in lighting a candle for those who have been affected by the tornadoes.


  33. 94 Bobfr
    May 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen – I’m pleased to introduce you to Congresswoman Hochul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    • 95 GGail
      May 25, 2011 at 12:05 am

      That’s a great article Bobfr. The Repugs are scratching their heads wondering what happen??? What happened is they underestimated K. Hochul and then they turned on each other – the teabagger and the repug. You know it’s bad when long-time voters are turning away and voting for that “other” party.

  34. 96 sherijr
    May 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    The President’s statement of Congratulations on the win in NY-26- was on Facebook:

    Congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory tonight in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.

  35. May 25, 2011 at 12:12 am


    I know you’ve probably gone to bed now, but I just felt really inspired by the Ireland visit.

    Especially from the photos you posted on the blog. So I made a slide movie and hope you like it:

    It was taking a really long time to post a larger video so I’ll try posting that later.

    Good night everyone.

    • 100 Tulips
      May 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Break taking Donna. Girl you got skills. You should do this more often.

    • 101 sherijr
      May 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

      OH I agree, you’ve got talent Donna.. its like watching one big beautiful family reunion.. and lovely music. Thank you.

    • May 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Donna. That video gave me goosebumps!

      • 103 VC prezOfan2
        May 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        Thanks, Donna. I truly appreciated that. I posted a ‘thank you’ before signing off earlier this morning but I don’t see it. Ah well, I was just complimenting you on your technological ‘savvy’.

  36. 104 northanger
    May 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

    “I’ve come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way”. — way to go Moneygall! A full state visit!


  37. 105 Dudette
    May 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Here’s another cute tidbit from coverage of the visit to Ireland. I noticed Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s use of the then President-elect’s election night speech in his remarks introducing the President at College Green in Dublin and thought it a lovely tribute. Others noticed it too:

  38. 106 LAPalm
    May 25, 2011 at 7:05 am

    So loved all the photo’s of the President & FLOTUS in Ireland Chipsticks you are the Best! What a treat and for
    them to want to come back with the girls as soon as
    next month tells you how much loved they felt

    • May 25, 2011 at 7:13 am

      Thank you LAPalm and welcome! It was a trip never to be forgotten, I’d love nothing more for them to go back to Ireland with the girls. Thanks again for visiting LAPalm 😉

  39. 108 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

    What a welcome, so heartwarming. A big thanks to the people of Ireland especially Moneygall and Dublin for welcoming your ‘family’ home.
    Thanks Donna and Chips for the lovely videos.

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