Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Barack Obama is celebrating his roots by visiting his ancestral home...in Ireland. The president's great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, was a shoemaker in the tiny village of Moneygall until 1850, at which time he moved to the United States in hopes that his great-great-granddaughter would someday get knocked up by an already-married Kenyan. And sure enough, his wonderful dream came true.
The president's visit to Moneygall is part of a week-long trip which will take him to Britain, France, and Poland...where he will no doubt reveal the names of other long-lost relatives ( like Lord Huffington Obama, Jacques Obama, and Arkadiusz Boguslaw Obama) now that Donald Trump has gotten him interested in genealogy.
The Irish are commemorating the return of their kinsman with t-shirt sales which have slogans like "Is feidir linn" (which is Celtic for "Yes We Can") and "What's the craic, Barack?" which we don't entirely understand, but may be a reference to Obama's admission in "Dreams From My Father" that he enjoyed smoking marijuana in his youth, as well as "a little blow when you could afford it." Not that we're saying he's a craic-addict or anything.
In any case, it's all good fun - and the mainstream media is doing a great job of reporting every tiny little nuance of the president's visit to Ireland.
No doubt to make up for the fact that any meaningful news stories about Libya, Obamacare, or the economy are harder to locate than a leprechaun. And, in honor of Mr. O'bama, are just as likely to be filled with Blarney.