Ireland … Another Image or Two

Niamh Farry (5) sampling some of the G8 ice-cream on sale at Lilley’s garage in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh


12:0 EST: The First Lady will 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


Heads up:

Irish channel RTE will have a 30 minute special on the First Lady’s Dublin visit starting at 12:0 EST – here



First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia with Dr Patrick Prendergast, President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin, during their visit to view the Book of Kells and archives documenting the Obama’s Irish ancestry

….. viewing the Obama Family Collection, with Fiona Fitzsimons, director of genealogy research service Eneclann

Irish Independent: The US First Lady and her two daughters were given a presentation on their family genealogy and connections to Ireland when they visited Trinity College today.

At Trinity, the Obamas visited the Old Library and were shown the Book of Kells, a ninth-century, elaborately decorated gospel manuscript made by Irish monks.

Mrs Obama, Malia and Sasha were also shown the birth registry of President Obama’s Irish ancestors from around the village of Moneygall and old maps detailing the family’s homestead in Co Offaly.

….. President Obama’s distant Irish cousin Henry Healy – who the US leader jokes is known as Henry VIII because of their family ties – presented Michelle and the girls with gifts during their visit to Trinity.

He said both daughters were delighted to get their certificates of Irish heritage. “Both of them were pretty amazed with the certificates,” Mr Healy said. “Competing with their friends, now they can prove they’re more Irish than them.”

More here





PM Cameron and President Obama help paint a mural at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Northern Ireland

President Obama celebrates completing his work….


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137 Responses to “Ireland … Another Image or Two”

  1. 2 Nena20409
    June 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    GA TOders, now trying to Catch Up….Wow…..Too Much stuff to read through 😉

  2. 3 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 11:21 am


    The right was pretty worked up over the weekend about something called “Wireless Emergency Alerts.” Far-right blogger Jim Hoft, for example, published this item, which in turn was promoted by Drudge, both on his site and his Twitter feed.

    Just in case you want more Obama in your life…

    AT&T is loading iPhones with emergency alerts from Barack Obama…

    That you can’t switch off.

    The unnecessary ellipses, by the way, were in the original.

    The story, which has also drawn the attention of Alex Jones, among others, refers to this Engadget piece, which says AT&T “has begun rolling out Wireless Emergency Alerts updates for iPhone 4S and 5…. Once installed, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to your phone unless you switch them off via Settings. However, should you be tired of Obama, just know that there’s no way to switch off Presidential alerts.”

    Now, as you might have guessed, these “presidential alerts” are really just part of a national system to let the public know about natural disasters and related emergencies. It’s not like the administration will start texting you about immigration reform against your will.

    And what kind of big-government socialists passed the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act? Funny story: it was approved in 2006 by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican White House. As Steve M. concluded, “So, yeah, this is more Obama fascism that was actually a Bush-era idea.”

  3. 5 Nena20409
    June 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hey Chips, Layla….yeah, Gold ❗ and the rest of the TODville Villages…….I am going to go backwards……I am probably 4-5 posts in deficit….. 😉

  4. 6 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Oh cool! Never saw the girls’ signatures before!

    • 7 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

      They look similar also looks like their mom’s…..very nice!

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Love Sasha making it OFFICIAL with “Natasha”!!

      • 9 debz
        June 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        I liked the fact that Sasha wrote her given name. I hope we are allowed to continue calling her “Sasha” though.

        • 10 Nena20409
          June 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

          Well, Natasha has spoken, owning her name as her dad did at Occidental in his 2nd year there. So at 12 years Old, Natasha has asserted and affirmed her Given Name 😉 . Yes, Natasha Go. I had a Math Teacher whose name was Natasha. I like her.

  5. 11 Layla
    June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Last pic: PBO look like he is directing an orchestra!

  6. 12 57andfemale
    June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love my husband and he’s come a long way from his Southside Chicago roots. He’s a decent, working man’s liberal. But those South side racist roots still rear their ugly head. Let’s just say I’m glad he’s out of the house for the rest of the day while I’m working at home. He sees nothing wrong with proving your citizenship at the voting booth. Regardless of the fact you have to prove your citizenship when you APPLY to vote. And what’s wrong with stopping someone and asking to prove their citizenship? And then tell me it’s not racist?!?!? Are they going to stop his Polish, blonde-haired ass and ask for HIS proof of citizenship?!?!

    Then, it’s my fault we can’t have a conversation. This is not a ‘conversation’. This is not an argument he’s going to listen to, and I sure as hell have heard all of his arguments.

    See you at dinner, honey. There are certain things we cannot discuss.

  7. 16 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

  8. 17 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

  9. 18 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Repost. This is astonishing !

    • 19 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

      That ass needs to get over himself.

    • 20 amk for obama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Delusional prick trying to play martyr.

    • 21 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Oh my God. This guy is such a fucking idiot. 🙄 read, Snowpuff, you are not Angelina Jolie as Salt. You are dumbass who will soon be hoisted by your own retardedness…….SMH. 🙄

      Ps- sorry for not being PC, but this guy is an ass.

      • 22 amk for obama
        June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

        No one would give a shite if this idjit drops dead. Including that gigi blowhard.

        • 23 lisalovesobama
          June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

          EXACTLY!!! 🙄 I think Snowflake is a bit put-off because his treasonous actions aren’t garnering the amount of spy games he was expecting, no manhunts, no CIA agents trailing him, that’s why he keeps sticking his head out every few days. Don’t worry fool. You’ll soon get exactly what you deserve.

          • June 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

            I have the silly suspicion that the administration knows exactly what he wandered off with – and either it is much less exciting than he himself seems to think, or they have taken appropriate countermeasures.

      • 25 sherijr
        June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

        go ahead Lisa.. you said perfectly what I, and I imagine many others are thinking.. thank YOU!

    • 28 symmetry11
      June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Murdering him?? I think this young man needs a mental evaluation.

    • 32 Judith Fardig
      June 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

      My question: How did a twerp like you with a GED and not a college degree get such a cushy job AND high-level security clearance at Booz Allen? Follow up: Who’s paying your expenses while you’re on the lam from taking responsibility for your treason?

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I cant stop laughing! This guy is delusional! Please let me have whatever the heck he is smoking! I need a break from reality for just 1 minute! Funny stuff!

    • June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Oh, give me a break! What an imbecile!

    • 35 daisydem
      June 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      I posted this comment on previous thread; will repeat here. The way this guy is now playing his game, I don’t think it would be the U.S. that would “take him out,” but I wouldn’t put it past the Brits – and good work if they do, more to them!

    • 36 Nena20409
      June 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      I say Karma, Prudence, Fate, perhaps, some poetic justice would visit him before US extradites him back to the mainland?

    • June 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      put his ass in jail

  10. 38 carolyn
    June 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Ever notice how when PM Cameron is with PBO, he seems more human and approachable? In fact, all the world leaders do. I remember watching Sarkozy trying to emulate PBO two years ago at a G20 meeting in Deauville…….Four more years of PBO and this world will be a better place.

    • 39 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

      True, and I remember Sarkozy too, following PBO into the crowd to shake hands. I think Sarkozy probably wanted a hand wipe after each hand he shook, that’s how uncomfortable he looked.

    • June 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Cameron definitely seems more human around PBO.

  11. 41 sherijr
    June 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I just finished listening to President Obama’s speech in Belfast… Thank you thank you thank you Chips for posting it. I am so grateful every single day to be living in the age of Obama.. what a wonderful inspiring speech of PEACE.. he continues to be a guiding light for all of us, if we will only just listen and keep stepping forward.

  12. 44 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    So Sniwden just said reason he do this was because this Prrsident did not close Gitmo.
    But he’s not mad at Republicabs, just the Prrsident?
    Meanwhile , the left will eat this up!
    He’s not as stupid as we thought, has questions from Greenwald been prepared for him?

    • 45 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

      How do you know Snowden is the person answering the questions? Might be GG or anyone else?

    • 48 hopefruit2
      June 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

      ROTFLMAO! Actually, he’s even stupider than we thought. He just outed to everyone that his REAL problem is with PBO as President of the United States. Never thought he’d resort to that lame, tired “Gitmo” excuse.

  13. 49 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 11:35 am


    Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, and Senior Director for International Economic Issues Caroline Atkinson


    Q And there’s one that you both may want to weigh in. There’s been a lot of reporting about the President’s trip to Africa — the trip after the G8. The context should be that President Clinton spent a lot of money on a trip to Africa; President Bush took, I believe, two trips to Africa, spent a lot of money as well. But in these budget times, after the sequester, after White House tours being canceled, a lot of attention on the fact that the President may spend up to $100 million in taxpayer money on a trip to Africa. Can you justify that expense?

    MR. RHODES: Well, I’d say a couple things, and Josh may want to say something, too. We, frankly, should have — well, let me step back. We have not traveled to Africa in the same way that we’ve traveled to other regions of the world. We have traveled significantly in Asia. We’ve taken several trips to Latin America. We’ve taken several trips to Europe. We’ve taken several trips — or will take multiple trips to Russia by the time this year is done. And Africa is a critically important region of the world. We have huge interests there.

    You’ve got some of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. You’ve got a massively growing youth population. You’ve got key security and counterterrorism issues that we work on with African countries. We have democratic institutions that are consolidating in places like Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. We have some of our biggest development efforts on issues like global health, combatting HIV/AIDS, things that have broad bipartisan support that have been focused on Africa.

    So for the United States to say we’re a world leader except in this continent doesn’t make any sense. And just as we put a premium on developing our ties in emerging regions like Southeast Asia and Latin America, we need to be present in Africa.

    And I can tell you that there are other countries that are quite present in Africa. You’ve seen significant investments in Africa from China, Brazil, Turkey, and the U.S. would be ceding its leadership position in the world if the President of the United States was not deeply engaged in Africa. And that’s what he’s going to do. And this is a deeply substantive trip and one that has been highly anticipated on the continent. And frankly, there’s been great disappointment that the President hasn’t traveled to Africa until this point, other than a brief stop in Ghana.

    And so Senegal, you have a country that is an emerging democracy; that is a partner with us in situations like Mali; that we want to invest in issues like food security and the development of civil society.

    In South Africa, a leading country on the continent, partners with us on just about every issue from Sudan to Congo to Zimbabwe, to the provision of our global health assistance, and also the iconic democracy of the continent, as we’ve all been reminded in recent days with Nelson Mandela.

    Tanzania, similarly, has been a key partner in East Africa. Every major development issue we have — on food security, global health, democracy promotion — Tanzania has been a solid partner.

    And so the President is not going to retreat from an entire continent. In terms of the cost, we don’t determine the cost of the President’s security, just as President Bush didn’t and President Clinton didn’t. The Secret Service is going to do what they think is necessary to protect the President. That’s going to come with its own costs. But we don’t sit here and say we want to spend X amount of money on a trip.

    But we do know that from a foreign policy perspective, in some respects people believe this trip is overdue and, frankly, it will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa, because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit.



  14. 53 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

  15. June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

  16. 55 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

    My lunchtime moment of shallow:
    Watching my President walk into the G8 Summit with UK’s Cameron and all I can think is: “Dayum My President is phoine! Look at that walk. He freakin’ runs that joint.”

    Waiter, I’ll have the pretty one with an extra side of swag, please! 😀 😀 😀

    • 56 theo67
      June 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm


      This is why it’s nice to watch this stuff live – because you see all those moments that aren’t captured in the canned videos. I wish I could have seen the swagger…

  17. June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

  18. June 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

    • 59 amk for obama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

      The kids are so cute trying to look so solemn in the 2nd pic.

    • 60 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      The teacher obviously dolled herself up for the visit. I can tell you from the experience of someone who taught for 30 years that teachers, especially those who teach the younger students, do not wear shoes and outfits like this one on a daily basis. However, if I had been in her shoes (-), I would have done the same if PBO was coming to visit.

  19. 61 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

  20. 62 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

  21. 63 symmetry11
    June 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Director of U.S. immigration agency resigns http://reut.rs/1alst8t

  22. June 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Heads up for that Irish TV special on Michelle’s trip to Dublin


  23. June 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Beautiful coverage of this trip Chips and UT! Excellent – I am loving it!

  24. June 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Um, got this DM on Twitter from a Dublin hotel:

    Good afternoon, we would like to extend an invitation to afternoon tea in the Penthouse to the First Lady, Sasha, Malia and your team on behalf of the management team here at the ****. In case you would like to take some time out. Enjoy your day. Regards, ****

    😕 They must think I’m the Chief of Staff 😆

  25. 84 japa21
    June 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    • 85 hopefruit2
      June 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      The “Gitmo” talking point was a dead giveaway that his agenda was strictly political – another willing participant in the PL/Libertarian/Tea Party anti-Obama agenda.

    • 86 MightyPamela
      June 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      He’s full of himself. Some of the astrologers predicted he would re-surface around now or on his birthday which is 6/21. His lame ass won’t recognize itself when this is all over. I hope it’s soon, eff’er.

      • 87 japa21
        June 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        You have ruined my day. Just to know I share a birthday with this creep makes me want to alter my birth certificate.

        • 88 amk for obama
          June 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

          I have a fresh burt cert from kenya. Velly, velly authentic and in long form too.

        • 90 sherijr
          June 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

          whoa japa21 – you’re not the only one, my eldest was born June 21st also.

        • 91 MightyPamela
          June 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Oh, dear, I am heartily sorry, Japa. Had I known, I surely would have spared you; however, I suppose it would have come out eventually. I presume you are at least a bit older, therefore the solar date would be the ONLY part that is shared. Your wisdom and Soul alignment would be beyond this farthead’s grasp. If it’s any consolation, I have a very dear friend here who is also the 21st, she is artistic, well-educated, a massage therapist and with a certificate in working with the elderly. Peace?

      • 92 MightyPamela
        June 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        “1. Edward Snowden: DOB: June 21, 1983, Elizabeth City, NC. I am currently using an estimated 9.00am birthtime as that gives him an 11th house stellium and places his Scorpio Moon in the 4th house square Venus ruling the Taurus MC. There are other factors which draw me to this approximate birth time, but these are too lengthy for this forum. As events unfold, I may be able to rectify the birth time more precisely. I am of the opinion that he will surface before June 26th, likely around his birthday. This is because transiting Jupiter and the transiting Sun will conjoin his natal Sun and oppose his natal Neptune. At the very least, he will make some major public commentaries over the course of the next week.” ~ Alan Oken, Bali

  26. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm


  27. June 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    AWWWWWW!! Photos, please!!

  28. 98 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Wow. Word Press just changed aesthetically.

  29. June 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Michelle looks beautiful as Always.

  30. June 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like Joy Reid is hosting Alex Wagner’s show today.

  31. 105 japa21
    June 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  32. 107 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    FLOTUS is taking the podium! 🙂

    Wow, what a roar rang out for her!!!

  33. June 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my heavens, she is a spectacular human being!!

  34. 110 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Where are you watching?—-struck out on your link—-can’t find it there.

    • June 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      That link was iffy Dotster, but they’ll have the video up on the site later. I recorded the speeches, but my connection is so miserably slow today they probably won’t upload to YouTube until 2023 😕

  35. 112 Ceb
    June 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    My crappy wi-fi connection keeps buffering, ugh.

    Great reception for our FLOTUS.

  36. June 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Barack is a lucky man! She is something special!!!

  37. June 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What the HELL Is wrong with people?!

  38. 123 anniebella
    June 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I finally got FLOTUS at Gaiety, I heard her speak and someone from the audience yell out we love you Michelle.

  39. June 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Stephen Neill ‏says photos of FLOTUS meeting the children of Moneygall will be posted on the White House website!!

  40. 126 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    That was fun.

  41. June 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    • 128 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      He is sooooooo awesome. He really gets down to their level. He’s totally into talking to them.

    • 129 nathkatun7
      June 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Wow what an arrogant, aloof President who hates white people! Looking at this pic by TOD, it’s obvious that Glen Beck, Chris Matthews, and Maureen Dawd were all right! This pic. proves, beyond any shadow of doubt, that President Obama is so arrogant that he can’t even relate to children . Just witness the difference between him and the British PM! The President is making the children cry by his insensitivity and just plain arrogance. (snark)

  42. 130 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, what an amazing day and it’s only noon!

  43. June 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm


  44. 134 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    If Greenwald thought this live #AskSnowden Q&A would be positive for Snowden, then he really is a big fool. Snowden has been digging the hole further and further.

    First he said he leaked NSA secrets because Pres. Obama didn’t live up to his campaign promises. Then he said the real reason for leaking secrets was because Pres. Obama didn’t close Gitmo. He seems to think all spying is illegitimate and doesn’t understand that a majority of countries “spy” on each other. Why else would someone so “anti-spying” work for national security agency?

    He thinks the U.S. Govt. is out to murder him. Helloooooo….nut job alert.

    He also said more people die in bath tub accidents than from terrorism.

    Someone is definitely higher than a kite. I can see the DOJ thinking: “Please Proceed, Mr. Snowden.”

    • 135 57andfemale
      June 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Gee, I followed both elections pretty closely. I don’t remember PBO saying he would eliminate all intelligence gathering, do you? Who the eff does Snowden think PBO is – Ralph Nader, whose campaign in 2000 was to ‘get rid of the corporations’. ?

      I’m sick to DEATH of this b.s. on Gitmo. Then out Congress that continually votes against closing Gitmo, you MORON.

      The RWNJ logic applied to national security as it’s applied to gun safety. By all means, let’s do nothing until terrorists – free from any and all restraint – get a dirty bomb. You MORON.

  45. 137 June Cleaver 2.0
    June 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Sasha’s signature is the best!

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