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President Obama's State visit to the UK

Updated on February 7, 2013
Money gall website has this family tree of Barack Obama and a full history
Money gall website has this family tree of Barack Obama and a full history | Source
Well they used to use the advertising slogan "Guinness is good for you"
Well they used to use the advertising slogan "Guinness is good for you"
Guiness is good for you?
Guiness is good for you?

The Obamas in Ireland

Yesterday, 23rd May 2011, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were visiting Ireland. One of the main places they visited was a small village called Moneygall. President Obama's great great great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, emigrated from here some 160 years ago. Like so many others he left in the hope of finding a better life in America.

What would this guy think if he could his relative in such a prominent position, as President of the United States?. I guess he would have been so proud but also find the news unbelievable. Still times changes and Obama's visit to this place certainly caused a stir.

Barack and Michelle were seen hugging am 8th cousin and then both were seen partaking of a glass of Guinness at the local pub. This did not sit well with all the media in America who interlinked this image with the devastation in a Missouri town, wreaked by a Tornado. Such is life for leaders. They have to make such visits but woe betide them if there is trouble at home whilst they are away.

The walk about was not marred by conflict and Obama even managed the obligatory holding of a baby.

A more formal visit took place when the Obamas visited the Irish Premier and then the Taoiseach or Prime Minister. Their visit to Ireland was cut short slightly due to the threat of a volcanic dust cloud form Iceland infringing air space. This did eventually halt flights out of Ireland and Scotland.

The Obamas touchdown in the UK
The Obamas touchdown in the UK
2009 and Michelle and The Queen cosy up. Protocol goes out of the window for once.
2009 and Michelle and The Queen cosy up. Protocol goes out of the window for once. | Source

The Obamas State visit to England

Today, 24th May 2011, The Obamas begin their State visit to England. Air Force One touched down at Stanstead airport, London, late yesterday evening.

The first day looks set to be a busy one as the Obama's meet The Queen, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and newly weds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Much will no doubt be heard about the "special relationship" between the UK and USA. In the past though this has meant the UK's involvement in conflict around the world. Perhaps, many see this as fair, due to America's involvement in World War Two. Suffice to say our "special relationship" has seen the UK fighting and peace restoring in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Obama's visit will last until 26th May 2011. Updates to follow.


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I hear what you are saying Karl. We have said the same about UK leaders when such things happen. We all did about Bush in the past. I guess it was a tight schedule. That's no excuse though. I still too have high hopes for obama. Let's hope he does not prove us all wrong

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      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      My husband was in London yesterday and happened to be crossing Whitehall, just as Obama's car was leaving, so he got a very close-up view of the president, though the car window.

      I like Obama. It is really unfortunate that the sad Missouri tragedy could provide further ammunition for his critics.

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      7 years ago from NewYork

      very informative

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      A brilliantly written hub and on a very topical subject.

      Well done I enjoyed it and I vote up.

      Take care


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      7 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Obama will visit Missouri on Sunday. The main criticism against Obama was that he could have stopped by on his way to Britain and at least show some engagement in the tragedy. Instead images were flashed across the media showing him play ping pong.

    • stars439 profile image


      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for a great hub. God Bless You.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They flew down yesterday HH because of the ash cloud. Will update later on today with the day's events

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I think he is such a great president and yet they willnot give him the full due. Another point is, I wonder if they can fly down today with that volcanic ash cloud again.


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