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Early Birds? Chat Away

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109 Responses to “Early Birds? Chat Away”


  1. 5 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:18 am

  2. 6 JER
    June 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Next Up…
    June 17, 2013 4:30 AM EDT President Obama Makes a Speech – Belfast, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    June 17, 2013 9:30 AM EDT – President Obama Speaks to the Media – Lough Erne, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  3. 7 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

  4. June 17, 2013 at 4:20 am

  5. 9 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 4:20 am

    LIVE LINKS TO WATCH POTUS AND FLOTUS. White House will also show the speech and media statement live. The links are also at the top of the post.

    http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/live/7/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22889607

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  6. 10 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:20 am

    UTV Live Blog (including tweets from journalists and dignitaries attending today’s events)
    http://www.u.tv/News/G8-2013-Obama-in-Northern-Ireland/73cdb215-29bf-4947-9c86-747d0fdd04f5

  7. 11 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Love it how the brits keep saying President unlike the two-bit us hacks.

    • 12 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

      No doubt all the hacks will ask about is telephone calls – I really wonder why they don’t stay home. One day PBO should just leave them behind.

  8. 13 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

  9. 15 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Speaking from Enniskillen, ahead of the summit, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, praised the government’s decision to host the G8 in County Fermanagh.

    “The reason David Cameron decided to bring the G8 to Northern Ireland is because he wanted to show off to the world what a beautiful place it is and how much progress has been made since the political settlement here.

    “A few years ago it would have been unthinkable to bring a massive operation like the G8 to County Fermanagh. The fact that it is now happening is a demonstration of the new Northern Ireland,” she said.

  10. 17 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I also added the UTV LIVE Blog to the post. Thanks Dudette.

  11. 19 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, hosted a church service as part of the IF campaign to end world hunger, in St Macartin’s Cathedral in Enniskillen on Sunday afternoon.

    Dr Sentamu sent out a strong message on the issue of tax and said that if there was a halt to major companies avoiding taxes, “millions of people could free themselves from hunger”.

  12. 20 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for the new thread UT – love seeing everyone up so early – just love the Irish and their joy for PBO – in the North and the South. Some things can always be found to bind people together – the Media (R,USA) needs to find out about that.

  13. 21 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

    My head’s swivelling up and down and from side to side, trying to decide which of these many live links to use. Thanks TOD reporters – on the ball, as usual!

  14. 24 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

    From UTE:

    Cavalcade approaches
    The presidential cavalcade is making its way to the Waterfront Hall, where excitement is building …

  15. 25 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:35 am

    • 26 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 4:38 am

      Yes!! Strange how that happens everywhere PBO goes – the US media and RWNJs – please note.

        • 28 99ts
          June 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

          In 2017 – PBO will be welcome anywhere in the world – as is said “the world is his oyster”. Don’t think any other US President before or after will be afforded the respect and the love.

  16. 29 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

  17. 30 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:37 am

  18. 31 JER
    June 17, 2013 at 4:38 am

  19. 32 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

    That announcer in the green jacket seems to be highly enamoured of Bill C – each time I click back in to that link she seems to be remembering him ‘fondly’. Oh well, I suppose comparisons make the job easier. 🙄

    • 33 Dudette
      June 17, 2013 at 4:44 am

      He’s even said “President Clinton” a couple of times when he was clearly talking about President Obama.

  20. 34 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Beebs – 1500 lucky school kids will meet with PBO.

  21. 37 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:45 am

    From UTV:

    “Mexican waves
    Little bit of a delay in the Waterfront Hall, so the audience are keeping themselves amused …
    It’s been a long morning for them already. And for us too, but we’ll refrain from the Mexican waves. For now anyway.

  22. 38 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

    BBC Announcer said 16 yr old Hannah Nelson from Methodist College will introduce FLOTUS

  23. 39 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:47 am

    A little chuckle while we wait:

    https://twitter.com/FunniestSnaps/status/346378378816942081

    😀 😀 😀

  24. 40 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 4:49 am

    “There’s no-one as Irish as Barack Obama” – what a love fest from Ireland

  25. 41 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:50 am

  26. 42 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 4:51 am

    I think the lady that keeps talking Clinton used to work for him – if she is the same one on earlier in the show.

  27. 44 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Whatever man…

  28. 45 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Amazing how G-8 coverage has so far been about PBO with a mention of other dudes here & there. 🙂

    • 46 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 4:56 am

      Someone did mention that Italy was part of the G8 – hardly the biggest of economic success at the minute. The US is doing better than any other world economy at the minute – wonder who sorted that out

  29. 47 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Aaand it starts. Go Hannah.

  30. 48 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Hannah Nelson is at the podium introducing FLOTUS!!!

  31. 49 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

    As a 16-year old, I don;t want to live the past, I want to live in the future.

  32. 50 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

  33. 51 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Take away the prejudice from young people. We can live in peace.

  34. 54 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:57 am

  35. 55 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 4:57 am

    HUGE smile on my face – the FLOTUS is on stage!

  36. 59 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

  37. 62 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:03 am

    From UTV:

    “VIPS: Michelle Obama has no doubt who the VIPs are today – the young audience in front of her.”
    “Wherever we go, no matter what’s on our plate, we always do our best to meet young people like you. You might be some of the most important people we meet because, in just a few decades, you will be the ones in charge,” she says.
    “I don’t see a bunch a teenagers, I see the people who will be moving our world forward.”

  38. 63 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

    FLOTUS – I would like to introduce someone who accompanied me today

  39. 64 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:05 am

    PBO dings the 3rd rate US congress. 🙂

  40. 65 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:07 am

    POTUS shouts out Cousin Henry (“Henry The Eighth”) 😀

    Yay Henry!!

  41. 66 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Cousin Henry gets a mention. Also. Too. His ears.

    Go Cousin.

  42. 67 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:11 am

    PBO is hitting it out of the park.

  43. 69 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

  44. 70 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Okay, I’ve heard this a couple of times now.

    Is “What’s the crack?” Irish slang for something like “What’s crackin’?” or “What’s happening?” inU.S. vernacular? Anybody out there know?

  45. 75 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

    The president says: “You are the first generation in this land to inherit more than just hardened attitudes, but a just and hard-earned peace.”

    How sad that those in the US who need to hear this speech – probably will not.

  46. 77 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

  47. 78 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 5:27 am

    “Our Civil War was far shorter than the Troubles, but it killed hundreds of thousands of our people, and the legacy of slavery endured for generations. Even a century after we achieved our own just and lasting peace, we were not fully united.”

    Some would say 150 years later.

  48. 79 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:32 am

  49. 81 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:34 am

    And it’s done.

  50. 82 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 5:35 am

    “The terms of peace may be negotiated by political leaders, but the fate of peace is up to each of us.”

    My fav line.

  51. 83 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Dudette, I am deserting you and the gang and going back to bed for a bit. Will try to catch up later.

  52. 85 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 5:39 am

    CNN is dead for world news. There is NOTHING in their online headlines about the Ireland visit. The politics headline is Sarah Palin – I am sick with the horror of the US media. Thank you TOD and Chips and dudette & amk & everyone else for the truth you bring.

    I will implode more at a later time. Rather I am listening

    “Because knowledge and understanding is essential to peace, we will keep investing in programs that enrich us both.”

    “We will need more of you, young people who imagine the world as it should be, to knock down walls, who knock down barriers and bring a community together to make it happen, who make even the small impossibilities a shining example of what’s possible.”

    • 86 COS
      June 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

      At least MSNBC showed it live. Of course right after they would have to show a gallup poll indicating that PBO’s standing has dropped.

  53. 87 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:42 am

  54. 88 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

    BBC: ” Commentator Fionnuala O’Connor tells BBC Northern Ireland that Mr Obama’s speech had a “high American corn factor” which was difficult for people in Northern Ireland to take. She said he made some pronunciation errors with local names – mistakes that Bill Clinton would not have made.”

    UGH!!

    • 89 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 5:45 am

      Ugh indeed – she got some push back – off to get dinner!

    • 90 amk for obama
      June 17, 2013 at 5:47 am

      I saw that. Corny lady, I should say. The people on the ground – the kids, the BBC guy, two kids talking about Palestinian issues – they all said the opposite thing and loved his speech.

    • 91 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

      BBC, You must be talking about that old short hair chicken who found fault with everything, including talking about drones. She still was stuck in the pass with her man Bill Clinton.

    • 92 Ladyhawke
      June 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

      She was incredibly negative about just about everything PBO said. I got the impression she had her negative opinions ready to go no matter what President Obama said. And harping on mispronouncing some words just seems petty to me. And saying Clinton didn’t make any pronunciation errors was a bit much too. Really, was that necessary? President Obama gave a powerful and honest speech. And as one of the commentators said, Hannah Nelson, FLOTUS and POTUS speeches fit very well together. There was a theme. The future is in the hands of the young. It’s up to them to do good things and make the peace last. I think the message got through.

      • 93 anniebella
        June 17, 2013 at 6:17 am

        So right Ladyhawke, but to hell with that Clinton lover. POTUS and FLOTUS were wonderful, and the young lady Hannah spoke some good words also. So I will choose to remember them instead of that nasty old witch, who as you said would have said negative things regardless what POTUS said. This is why POTUS and FLOTUS choose to speak to the young folks, because old hags like that woman are set in their ways, still living in the pass.

        • 94 overseasgranny
          June 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

          Brush it off. The No. Ireland BBC reporters have screwed up the various Obama names so often this morning, I have lost count. The woman decided she wanted to be a petty b—- and that was that. She will now be known for that.

  55. June 17, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Wonderful — and to all a good night.

  56. 96 anniebella
    June 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

    POTUS and FLOTUS was fantastic. I am so proud of them.

  57. 100 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 5:58 am

  58. 101 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Jeez…the Finnoula woman on BBC is such a whiny cow. Whine…whine…whine…Pres. Obama is vacuous…blah…blah…blah. Thank goodness for the other correspondents who are reflecting the true excitement of the Irish for Pres. Obama.

  59. 106 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Palestrina Boys Choir (Ireland) – Regina Caeli

  60. 107 overseasgranny
    June 17, 2013 at 6:11 am

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/michelle-obama-s-itinerary-while-in-ireland-1.1431604

    This morning, 8.35am: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were scheduled to arrive at Aldergrove International Airport in Belfast.
    9.30am: Ms Obama scheduled to introduce the president at an event with local students at the Belfast Waterfront Convention Centre.
    11.25am: Ms Obama scheduled to arrive at Dublin Airport.
    12.25pm: Ms Obama to visit Trinity College Dublin and explore archives documenting the Obamas’ Irish ancestry.
    4:30pm: Ms Obama to meet staff and their families at the US embassy in Dublin.
    5pm: Ms Obama to join Irish youth for a special performance by the Riverdance company at the Gaiety Theatre. Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, and Fionnuala Kenny, wife of the Taoiseach, will also attend. The first lady scheduled to deliver brief remarks before the performance.
    Tomorrow, mid-morning: Ms Obama to visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
    Evening: President Obama and first lady due to arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin at 7.55pm.

  61. 108 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

  62. 109 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

    For those straggling in, there’s a post with snippets of Pres. Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s fabulous speeches.

    New post.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/06/17/a-message-of-hope/


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