We have had a heck of a couple of weeks here. First we had Queen Elizabeth II's visit, which I wrote about yesterday, and then the Obama's popped in to say hello. Or Barry O'bama and his wife Michelle, as the President has been renamed. :) They were here for less than 24 hours but they sure packed a lot in. I was anxious to see what the First Lady would be wearing (shocker!), and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. She wore two outfits for her visit and neither of them wow-ed me. I know she's the most fashionable First Lady since Jackie, but I find her choices very hit-or-miss. This Tom Ford gown from her visit to London, however - perfection.
Anyways, Dublin - and Ireland as a whole - had a great time preparing for this Presidential visit:
I couldn't help but laugh when I passed the Paddy Power on our street, which looked just like this one!
From there, the Obamas were whisked away to meet our Presidential couple.
|Meeting and chatting with President McAleese and her husband Martin|
A tree was planted....
Then it was off to meet Enda Kenny:
Meeting some seriously excited people in Moneygall
And the President enjoyed a nice cold Guinness (the First Lady, I'd imagine, not so much)
Then it was back to Dublin where celebrations were in full swing and the President was greeted by - they say - 100,000 people in the streets around College Green. The first two shots were taken by my husband on his phone - he was stuck up by Christchurch and couldn't get any closer, despite being there a good 5 hours before the speech even started!
After his speech he spent a good half an hour greeting fans and supporters in the crowd:
|That secret service agent on the left does not look happy...lol!|
Whether you love him or hate him, it was an exciting day to be in Dublin and I think his visit gave our country just the boost it needed.