Obama revels in his Irish ancestry

Rock Art Kells

Too funny. Who knows, maybe my mom will discover a relationship to the Monegall area in some of her ancestral researching, or Falmouth Kearney, President Obama’s great, great, great grandfather. Looks to be about 130 km away from where some of my ancestors came from, lo so many years ago…

DUBLIN — Beaming before an exultant sea of people, President Barack Obama on Monday reveled in his distant Irish ancestry, offering spirited thanks from tens of millions of Americans who trace their own connections to Ireland. With his wife, Michelle, at his side, the president said: “We feel very much at home.”

In a speech devoted as much to personal pride than overt politics, Obama told many thousands gathered in central Dublin that he had come to reaffirm the bonds of affection between the United States and Ireland. “There’s always been a little green behind the red, white and blue,” he said to cheers.

Obama spoke shortly after he had downed a pint of Guinness in tiny Moneygall, the small Irish village where his great-great-great grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker. It was an improbable and memorable pilgrimage for America’s first black president into his Irish past, and Obama soaked it in.

“My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas,” the president said. Then, playing off the popular Irish spelling of surnames — O’Bama — the president said, “I’ve come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way.”

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That Guinness the Obamas are drinking looks good too, btw, but doesn’t appear as if Michelle Obama is enjoying it as much as the President.


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