President Obama's State visit to the UK
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 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.