Speaking Obama with an Irish lilt
So after President Barack Obama tried out an Irish phrase on St. Patrick’s Day, the Prime Minister of Ireland unwittingly ended the evening by speaking a little Obama.
Obama, whose great-great-great grandfather hailed from Ireland, pointed out that the White House was designed and built by an Irish architect. “Today serves, as well, as a solid reminder of just how deeply intertwined, how deeply woven the ties between our nations are,” the president said to guests in the state dining room.
But it was the Irish leader who ended up surprised by his own speech which started with: “We begin by welcoming today a strong friend of the United States.”
Turns out Cowen was reading Obama’s speech off the teleprompter. “Why don’t these things work for me?” he asked as the crowd laughed. “Who said these things were idiot proof?”
At the end, Obama stepped up to the microphone to add to the levity: “First, I’d like to say thank you to President Obama,” Obama said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama and Cowen leaving Capitol following lunch)