learned a few Gaelic words/expressions to humor himself and his Irish audience, and a good time was had by most. He was having fun and so was, as far as I could see, his audience. It appeared to me that these Irish people showed great honor to have a US president pay them a visit. It wasn't the man but the importance of the office. We, ourselves, should sit up and take notice when such welcome is shown to the person who represents the highest office of our own land. What foreign dignitary would turn out such a welcoming crowd in our own country?...maybe the queen mum, and that's about it, and that would be more curiosity than anything else.
I'm not going to sit here and write praises for this or any recent president regarding the total effectiveness of their term. But I'm not going to sit here and write one critical remark after another either. I don't know whether or not, in the longer term, there's going to be any great benefit to the US by president Obama visiting Ireland. I suspect a few will consider the visit as one that will help shore up his Irish voting constituency here, however. But he and a lot of people appeared to have had a good time by this visit. That can't be all bad. Maybe we should leave it at that.