O’Bama in Ireland

HIS voice, that velvet-rich, immense voice, rose and soared and his words were carried by the wind down Dame Street, around College Green, up towards Christchurch, over the sea of people who had come to hear him.

“Is féidir linn. Yes we can. Yes we can. Is féidir linn,” Barack Obama called into the late afternoon as the electric air

The full writeup can be found here

A lot more can be found at http://theobamadiary.com/

Another video is here.
Pay attention to the introduction.

“If there’s anyone out there that still doubts that Ireland is a place,
where all things are possible
who still wonders if the dreams of our ancestors is alive in our time
who still questions our capacity to restore ourselves, to reinvent ourselves and to prosper
well today is your answer
because today, on this day, the president of the united states, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama come to visit”

Sound familiar?

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
This is President Obama’s Victory Speech

NOTHING QUITE prepares a person for the sight of the President of the United States wandering so close. Or the impish look in his eye as he gladhands his way through the wheelchair enclosure and coolly takes the phone from Jessica Walls to say “Hi” to her mother Glynis, minding her business in her Skerries kitchen, cooking spaghetti Bolognese. No point in pretending to be objective.

Psychologist Maureen Gaffney raised the tone just a tad by quoting Edmund Burke. “Obama is a natural aristocrat. He is emotionally pitch perfect. Burke called it the natural aristocracy – people of unbelievable vigour, zest and character. . . ”

More at the IrishTimes.com

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