Yesterday, Obama decided to invite himself over for a visit. And if he had decided to arrive last year he would have been lionised. This year not so much.
When Obama seemed to have half a chance a few years ago of getting elected one of the CoI vicars named Neill found a connection to the Island. Well lets put it this way he is hardly the first and certainly won’t be the last. But it seemed a bit forced. Nothing ‘natural’ about the whole thing.
Now I’ve no dog in the fight between the Dem’s and Rep’s in the USA. Mostly because both parties split right of any realistic centerpoint that holds on this side of the Atlantic. This to the point where the far left in the US is vastly further to the right of even the Monday Club in the UK. And that’s really saying something. Further differences tend to be on social controls which would be seen as being a personal matter on this side.
What I really don’t get about the visit is why. I don’t for one second believe he has any thought of Ireland from one year to the next other than having the Charles river going green on 17th March. And I also believe that his offshore thoughts don’t stray further than the last two of the fifty, Hawaii and Alaska.
However, the most damning poll came out over night. The sex appeal one. According to 1000 Irish women of various ages. 80% think he’s good looking but without charisma. Basically they think he’s half the man Clinton was. And good looking girls would be totally safe working near him. This they think is a total waste.
To look at his reasoning for the trip. How many voters of Irish descent would vote for someone simply because he went to visit the ol’ country. Or better who would lose a vote because he didn’t visit. Surely he would be better employed going south of the border.
All the same, he will be made very welcome.