Watch As O'Bama Goes To An Irish Pub For A Pint Of Guinness (And As His Car Breaks Down While Leaving US Embassy)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have arrived in Moneygall, Ireland, officially, for a short visit and to visit his ancestral home. Follow live coverage here. Good thing the world is not imploding in the meantime.
For some serious comedic relief, here is the video of the President leaving the embassy, as his car breaks down (for those wondering, yes, it is a GM).
Luckily there is an official log covering his every step:
US President Barack Obama's 24-hour visit to Ireland began with a meeting with President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin.
He also held talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh, visited
the US Embassy in Ballsbridge and is now en route to Moneygall in Co
President Obama will return to Dublin this afternoon for a rally on College Green.
The event will feature performances from the likes of Jedward, Westlife, The Coronas, Sharon Shannon and others.
Sports stars Brian O'Driscoll, Pádraig Harrington, Katie Taylor, Robbie Keane and Henry Shefflin will also feature in the event.
1529 As the rain buckets down again, the Obamas duck into the house which stands on the site of the old ancestral homestead.
1523 More babies and handshakes, more broad smiles from the Obamas
in Moneygall. They seem to be genuinely enjoying this, and are taking
more time on their walkabout than anyone could have expected
1515 A baby has been passed out to President Obama, who raises it aloft.... and hands it back!
1514 'My two daughters are so mad they souldn't make it here,' Michelle Obama is overheard saying to someone in the crowd
1512 Handshakes and hollers all around as the Obamas meet some of the crowds waiting on the Main Street in Moneygall
1510 President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have arrived in Moneygall and distant relative Henry Healy gets a big hug from both of them
1509 The travails of President Obama's car 'The Beast' can be seen here
1506 The pelting rain has stopped and the sun has broken through the clouds in Moneygall as the Obama's cortege approaches
1456 President Obama and his wife have just landed in Offaly. Michelle Obama is sensibly donning a raincoat
1455 The scene in Moneygall a short time ago
1437 The Obamas have now boarded a helicopter to travel to Moneygall
1432 According to RTE’s Caitríona Perry
Obama’s vehicle – nicknamed ‘The Beast’ - was stuck on the security
ramp at the embassy for about five minutes before they left in a second
1426 After the drama at Ballsbridge, in which his car got stuck on a ramp, President Obama is expected to arrive in Moneygall around 1515
1414 RTÉ News reporter Samantha Libreri took this photo of the crowds gathering at Dame Street a short time ago
1359 The queue for this evening's College Green event is stretching from Parliament Street to Christchurch.
1356 Taken on Dame Street a short time ago
1348 One of the vehicles in President Obama's
motorcade has got stuck on the ramp outside the US Embassy in
Ballsbridge while attempting to leave.
1301 Head Gardener at Áras an Uachtaráin Robert Norris said President Obama asked him to take good care of the tree he had planted.
Mr Norris said for him it was a terrific week, having planted a tree with the Queen and the US President.
He said he assured President Obama that the tree was in safe hands.
1258 Gardaí have warned that moving in Dublin will be even more difficult this afternoon with some areas closed from 2.30pm until 7pm and the quays closed from 4.30pm-9pm.
Up to 25,000 are expected to attend the outdoor event.
1252 The inscription on the hurley
is: Presented to Barack Obama President of the United States of America
on the occasion of his first visit to Ireland, May 2011 by An Taoiseach
Enda Kenny T.D.
It was made by Philip Archibold of Heritage Hurleys.
1247 There are a large number of onlookers gathered near the US Embassy in Ballsbridge. However, they are about 150 metres from the gate where President Barack Obama and his entourage will enter the embassy.
1206 Mr and Mrs Obama have left Farmleigh a few minutes behind schedule and embarked on the next leg of the visit, which will take in Moneygall, Co Offaly.
1205 President Obama is now waving a hurley purposefully outside Farmleigh.
1159 Mr Kenny said a collection of Hawaiian children's stories by Padraic Colum had been given to the Obamas as gifts for their children Malia and Sasha.
1157 Mr Obama said it was 'inspiring to see the progress that is being made in Northern Ireland'.
1155 Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he discussed a number of issues with Mr Obama including the EU/IMF bailout, last week’s visit of Queen Elizabeth II, the use of Shannon Airport by the US military.
Mr Obama said it is ‘heartwarming’ to be in Ireland.
‘We are glad to see progress is being made in stabilising the economic situation here.’
‘The friendship and the bond between Ireland and the US could not be stronger.
‘Obviously it is not just a matter of strategic interests. It’s not
just a matter of foreign policy, for the United States and Ireland
carries a blood lineage.
‘For millions of Irish-Americans this continues to symbolise the
homeland and the extraordinary traditions of an extraordinary people.’
1146 Large queues of people now gathering on Dame Street to see the US president speak this evening. Photo courtesy of @barratree
1122 Dublin's north and south quays now closed to traffic.
1110 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala have greeted the President and First Lady at Farmleigh.
Mrs Kenny and Mrs Obama will tour the garden, while the political leaders have a private discussion for about 30 minutes.
1107 Over 200 people are now queuing on Lord Edward Street in Dublin in order to gain access to Mr Obama's address on Dame Street later on this afternoon.
1100 Barack and Michelle Obama have left Áras an Uachtaráin to travel the short distance to Farmleigh.
1044 The Obamas and the McAleeses pose with the three children who rang the Peace Bell.
1044 Not surprisingly Mr Obama's visit has attracted lots of media attention.
1038 President Obama meets head gardener at Áras an Uachtaráin Robert Norris before planting an upright Irish Oak.
1036 About 100 people are now queuing for this
evening's address by President Obama at College Green. He is due on
stage at around 6pm.
1028 RTÉ's Political Correspondent David Davin-Power says that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has arrived at Farmleigh. (Note the hurley).
1024 A man with a shiny shovel waits patiently on the US President, who is due to add to the tree count at the Áras.
1008 The Obamas have signed the visitor's book and have gone into President McAleese's office for a private meeting.
1006 President Mary McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese are welcoming President Obama and Michelle Obama at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Mr Obama said he was 'thrilled to be here' and commented on the sun coming out.
1002 The Presidential motorcade is en route to the Áras
0957 The helicopter carrying the President and Michelle Obama has touched down
0952 After a short flight from the Airport, Marine Two has landed in the Phoenix Park
0945 The Marine One helicopter has taken off from Dublin Airport to take President Obama to meet Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin.
0938 Barack and Michelle Obama are greeted at the steps of their plane by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney.
0928 Air Force One has landed at Dublin Airport.
0927 RTÉ's live coverage of President Obama's visit begins.
0901 More than 30 people have already begun queuing for this evening's address by President Barack Obama.
The group are queuing on Lord Edward Street. Entry to the event will open at 2pm.
0900 RTÉ's Ray Kennedy says it is a wet, miserable, grey morning at Dublin Airport but Air Force One is expected to land on time.
0858 The visit will cause severe traffic disruption, with many roads closed in the capital.
0855 US President Barack Obama will be greeted on arrival at Dublin Airport by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.
h/t Mark O'Byrne
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