Rise and Shine: Ireland


“What’s the craic?!”


Later today – Irish time (five hours ahead of EST):

1:20: The President meets with Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G8 Summit

2:15: Meets with EU Leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, G-8 Summit Site, Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

2:30: Delivers a statement to the media (9:30 EST – audio only at WHL)

4:20: Greeted by Prime Minister Cameron as a part of the official leader arrivals

4:45: Attends the first plenary session

6:30: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

8:30: Attends a leaders-only working dinner



Belfast airport


The First Lady, Malia and Sasha:

Shortly after their arrival in Dublin from Belfast they will visit Trinity College at lunchtime where they will view the Book of Kells.

Later, the First Lady will meet the staff and families of the US Embassy in Dublin and:

5:0 Irish time (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.

This will be shown live at RTE – hopefully it will be made available for international audiences

More details on the First Lady’s trip to Ireland in this post



Guests including Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable Matt Baggott (front left), Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan (third left front) and Dame Mary Peters (front right) join in a Mexican wave while they wait for the arrival of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast


Interview With Hannah Nelson Student Who Introduced Michelle Obama In Belfast:





926 gazillion thanks to our super early bird UT for this morning’s posts – megastar!!!

Lots more from Ireland through the day.

179 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Ireland”

  1. 1 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Love that PBO in Ireland

  2. June 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

    GM, tod. Love when you’re covering the president overseas.

  3. 3 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Top O’ the Mornin’ to all of my little CHIPadees.

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

    You’re welcome Chiparoo. 😀

    I loooove this picture. Looks like a painting.

  5. 6 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I want some craic. NOW.

  6. 11 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    p.s. First Lady Michelle Obama’s coat is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!

    Front and back view.

  7. 13 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • 14 japa21
      June 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

  8. June 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Ooooooh, at 5:0 Irish time (12:0 EST), Irish channel RTE will have a special on Michelle’s visit to Dublin – this is the link:


    Some of the programs at that link aren’t available worldwide, but HOPEFULLY this one will be!

  9. 16 vitaminlover
    June 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

    OK First Family…be sure to get plenty of rest!

  10. 17 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

  11. June 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

    5:0 Irish time (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.

  12. 19 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

    • June 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Henry!!!!! Excellent!

    • 21 CEB
      June 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Cool; I was wondering if they would get to spend time with Cousin Henry. Thanks for the news.

    • 22 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

      That’s nice Cousin Henry met with FLOTUS, Malia and Sasha. I knew Cousin Henry would show up.

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      This would be so awesome if his presence means he is part of the plan to whisk them all to Moneygall for the girls’ first visit there. /crossing fingers…..and toes/

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

        VC!!! Got your email, you’re a hoooooot – will use when the visit’s over, thank you!!!!!

        • 26 vcprezofan2
          June 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

          Or save as a prequel to the next trip, or for a quieter period as a filler, when we are not all so excited about events ‘on the ground’. I can wait. 😉 Who knows, by then I might learn ::cough:: ::cough:: how to ‘techie’ it up! 😛

  13. 27 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:31 am

  14. June 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

  15. June 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Nice Snapshots Of the First Family

  16. June 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Top of the Morning to You Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!!

    Thanks for the coverage of our First Family in Ireland. As much as there are those who don’t want to believe it, President Obama is still held in high regard in the world. The international news coverage, videos, and pictures prove it.

    Everyone have a wonderful day!

  17. 31 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    • 32 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Won’t happen amk, because most of those redstaters are not guided by the color green, it’s the color black, that black man, his black family..

  18. 34 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

  19. 35 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Love, love, love the photo of just the shoes.

  20. 36 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:51 am


  21. 37 CEB
    June 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thanks so much Chips and UT for the outstanding coverage.

  22. 38 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

  23. 39 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

  24. 40 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

  25. 41 CEB
    June 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

    PBO and Michelle are teaching leaders all over the world how to value young people. I love how they insist upon engaging with the youth no matter where they go.

    • June 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

      I think that POTUS and FLOTUS know that even though change is slowly taking place, sustained change will happen through our future leaders. Young people are not so tainted. They are still idealistic. They are forward thinking. They don’t harbor the prejudices and bigotry of many adults. Young people around the world hold this President and First Lady in high regard. Their engagement with these young people will leave a lasting impression on them…a positive impression. An impression that will inspire them to further the work for positive change as they take on roles as world leaders.

  26. 43 dotster3
    June 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Pardon my Irish illiteracy but puzzled by a couple of things. If craic means “fun”, “What’s the craic?” would translate as “What’s the fun?” and that makes no sense to me. Where’s the fun would make sense but not What’s. And I also want to know why the wave there was described as a Mexican wave. Looked like a regular old wave to me. Can anyone help my a.m. density?

  27. 47 57andfemale
    June 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

  28. 50 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

  29. 53 Mellesia Barnett
    June 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Top of the morning to my fellow TOD’ers.Hello our magnificent Chipsy lovely post as usual.

  30. 54 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

  31. June 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    9:30 AM EDT: President Obama Speaks to the Media

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live (audio only)


  32. 56 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 9:09 am


    Busy day today…late night

    by Smartypants


    I’m going to be busy with other things today so I don’t have time to write much. I’ll just say that it was interesting being on Twitter the last couple of days and watching the firestorm that erupted over a CNET article claiming that the NSA could listen to American’s telephone calls without a warrant. Like so much of what’s been written/talked about in the press on this story…turns out it was false. If you’re interested in the details, Bob Cesca (once again) has it all. As is my usual wont, I’m especially interested in the big picture conclusions – and I totally agree with Cesca.
    Instead of focusing on how we can cut away any government abuses of power, the real story…has become the collapse of journalism.


    Read more here – http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/06/busy-day-todaylate-night.html

  33. June 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    “Ahead of G8, A-list actors urge Obama to push for ‘world without nuclear weapons’”



    The are a number of issues to be addressed at the G8. In dealing with world leaders, I trust that President Obama will address those issues, always thinking of what is in the best interest of not just the U.S., but the world overall.

    • 58 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

      “F” Matt Damon.

      • June 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Matt Damon can go to hell

      • 60 anniebella
        June 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

        I’m not saying I disagree with anything they are saying about nuclear weapons, but I didn’t care for how Damon turn on POTUS.

        • June 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

          Unfortunately, sometimes the message can get lost because of the person(s) delivering the message.

          • 62 amk for obama
            June 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

            Amazing how these tinsel town actors can lecture who owned the nuclear non-proliferation issue well before it was even a dot of fad with them. Where were these do-gooders when the neocons and darth vaders and dumbsfelds and dumbyas were running amok ? Getting their carrers off to a start. Fuck’em all.

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Well there’s that START treaty and trying to keep nukes out of the bad guys’ hands and talking about it on a consistent basis since he took office.

  34. June 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Good morning, all.

  35. June 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

    • 66 daisydem
      June 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I was there three years ago, wish I were again with the First Family! That would rock!!! And hey, I could show them where to go to listen to some awesome Irish music and dance tonight! Yes, I could.

  36. 67 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am


  37. June 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    you guys absolutely rock 🙂

  38. 70 japa21
    June 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

  39. 71 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Ok. Where are we watching Pres. Obama’s statement to the media?

  40. June 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    • 75 vcprezofan2
      June 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

      😆 😆 Have to head back to work now, but Chips Chica, you are the BEST-EST!!!! Now I know where to pick up when I get home. Have a good afternoon everyone!

  41. 76 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Ok. This website says the EU and U.S. Press it will cover the press statement and official arrival.


  42. 77 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Longer video of the First Family arriving in Belfast.

  43. June 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

  44. 84 japa21
    June 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

    GM TODville. Beautiful day in Chicago. Did a lot of gardening this weekend and used muscles I forgot I had. Waking up was not a problem this morning. Getting up, however, was a different stroy.

    Lots of interesting things going on, although most of it will be drowned out by the pontificators droning on about all the non-stories, such as NSAA, etc.

    PBO is on a very important trip to Europe. I expect lots of behind the doors talks, particularly with Russia, about Syria. Plus the election in Iran could have major positive consequences for the world if we chose to do something with it. I know the definition of moderate in Iran may be well different from what it is here, but everything I have heard about the new President is that he is willing to have substantive discussions about a lot of things.

    And North Korea, after it got over its tantrum about firing missiles our way, is also showing signs of temperance.

    It would be difficult to believe these events are occuring in a vacuum. I am positive that our efforts, as directed by PBO and put in place by SOS Kerry, are having an impact.

    How much this will actually seep down to the public is anybody’s guess. My tweet about Cuba is, I think, a perfect illustration of what I am talking about. Both the right and segments of the left will find something to complain about in a pretty minor thing, although this is something that could go a long way to changing our relationships to that country, which could benefit both them and us.

    Should be an exciting week.

  45. June 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I’m sitting here channel surfing and every time I pass by Fox News they are STILL talking about one of the “scandals”. Every single time.

  46. June 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

  47. June 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I can’t get my avatar or blog atar to show yikes 😦

  48. June 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

  49. June 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

  50. 97 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    SCOTUS Blog is live now. Today is Monday and the Supreme Court is ready to hand down some decisions.


  51. June 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

  52. June 17, 2013 at 10:03 am


  53. June 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    GM Chips, TOD……….wonderful R&S!

  54. 107 Layla
    June 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Good morning Chips and all! Wonderful post! Hello to GB!

  55. 108 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Has their been anything about this trip in the news?
    My sense is, they have blacked it out, unless something embarrassing happens!

  56. 109 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    He’s getting over confident, Europe can defend itself.

  57. June 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Now streaming: President Obama and other G8 leaders make statements to media

  58. 113 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Bc some are not safe!

  59. 114 itgurl_29
    June 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    We are so lucky to have this amazing and beautiful family representing us.

  60. 116 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

  61. 118 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Scalia joined the majority. I am shocked.

  62. 122 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Just in:
    Supreme Court struck down Arizona voter ID law!

  63. 123 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The Youtube link is good for Pres. Obama, PM Cameron, and EU Leaders press statements.

  64. 124 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The Beltway is totally ignoring him overseas.

  65. 126 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    They did something right today.

  66. 134 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:37 am


  67. 135 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

  68. 137 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Lots of news today.

  69. June 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

  70. 139 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    And then there’s THIS SCOTUS ruling…

    Click to access 12-246_1p24.pdf

  71. 140 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

  72. 143 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

  73. 144 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

  74. 145 cluny
    June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Great news postings today. Snowden is a raving narcissist – let’s ignore him completely. What he wants is attention my guess is that’s why the admin is ignoring him. It will unhinge him – GG too.

  75. 146 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Where is hf? Haven’t seen her around past the few days.

  76. 147 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

    CNN poll
    Approval only 45
    Disapproval 54

    That’s because if all the horrible press.
    This past month was ten Rev Wrights combined. It was bad, whether their is no there there or not, it has effected him.


    • 148 Layla
      June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

      TNN is BS!!! And why are they all doing a daily poll…

    • 149 lisalovesobama
      June 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

      CNN’s polls are as accurate as their reporting, which is horrid. How soon we forget pre-election and how Gallup and CNN said we were dead in the water. 🙄 —no thanks. CNN and all other pollsters can go sit on it.

    • 151 57andfemale
      June 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Well, there was precious little pushback from the administration on the NSA stuff. Our party does not circle the wagons and waffles, particularly on national security. There was pushback -from us and Twitter but think about the coverage on MSM?

      I don’t want to hear the argument that the administration does not get covered. If the Dem’s had mounted some outrage it would have been ‘entertaining’ enough to suck some of the air out of the balloon of lies. There should have been some sharp, passionate responses. I’m still astounded that the Democratic party does not get it.

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

      PBO is 47-45 with Gallup, which is about as high as he ever is with them!!

    • 154 anniebella
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      CNN Poll= B.S. All I have to say.

    • 155 Nena20409
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Well, with CNN, what goes Up, must Come down, eventually, after all their MOE ranges from +-3% to +-8%. They they had Eric Cantor to comment on the Polling numbers? Hmm? A truly fair and balanced CNN style.

    • 156 hopefruit2
      June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I call BS. This poll is as fake as the 4 MSM-manufactured scandals – just another one of the MSM’s “tools” to *attempt* to diminish PBO’s popularity – another failed strategy.

  77. 157 lisalovesobama
    June 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Here’s an article about Miche and the girls at Trinity also includes brief video


  78. 158 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Democrats taking swipes at each other?

  79. 164 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Work heaven = early lunch 8 minutes away from home = time to catch 30+ minutes of maybe ‘live’ Obama activities. Thanks Chips, Chipadees and all contributing village members. Life’s good! 😀 😀

  80. 165 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Politicians in glass houses should not throw stones


    First, if Cantor has any evidence that the administration has “abused its power,” he should certainly share it with the rest of us. Indeed, as best as I can tell, Cantor supports the NSA surveillance programs, which makes his on-air criticism rather odd.

    Second, if “getting people back to work” is what “most Americans care about,” perhaps Cantor can explain why he and his caucus have passed zero jobs bills in three years, and will be spending this week working on an anti-abortion bill for no reason.

    And third, Obama’s standing has apparently taken a hit, but he’s roughly five times more popular than the institution Cantor works for.



  81. June 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

  82. 170 criquet
    June 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Great report on this :


    President Obama’s arrival and his speech were greeted with wild applause and cheers. They laughed at his jokes and whooped at his local references, even when he got the pronunciation wrong.

    Afterwards an excitable young man told me the experience was “better than being at a pop concert”.

  83. 172 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Stream of G8 leader arrivals has started

  84. 173 desertflower
    June 17, 2013 at 11:20 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.”

  85. June 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    When you all get some time. Please read Jeremy Dunns (@jeremydunns) time line. He checked out Snowden Q&A today and has interesting comments.

  86. 175 HZ
    June 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

    GM TOD family. Chips, thanks so much for all of the great news of our First Family’s visit. This is always so refreshing to come here and see how our President is greeted with so much love and respect when he visits other countries. Very nice. Thank you, my dear Chips and all who contribute to our beautiful TOD family.

    Time to get the meds and quiet time so that I can keep goodness of spirit going forth for our beautiful First Family. Blessing to all of my TOD family.

    A warm and loving shout out to our beautiful Gobrooklyn. And may the loving healing spoken words go forth for all of my TOD family members who are dealing with circumstances that are close and personal. (((((( Lots of loving hugs to my TOD family.))))))HZ

  87. 176 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    See? Now he’s playing victim. Trying to take down all governments. What a narcissistic prick!

    • 177 Jessica
      June 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Hahaha he’s delusional. He watches too many CIA movies.

      • 178 daisydem
        June 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

        The way he is now playing .. I don’t think it would be the U.S. that would take him out. Nope. But I wouldn’t put it past the Brits. (and good tor them if they did, just saying.)

    • 179 sabreen60
      June 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      The comment section is a joke. 99% of the comments are “Snowden is a hero” and President Obama is denigrated and castigated. The RWNJs have joined forces with the Emoprogs to defame President Obama. If you post anything positive about President Obama or question the motives of Snowden, your comments stands about 1% chance of seeing the light of day. They remove the comments under the guise of not abiding by community standards. The Guardian has sunk lower than FOX on this one.

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