May 24, 2011

Beer Summit, Pt. 2

From The Herald Sun (and many, many others): Barack Obama bonds with Irish crowds over pints of Guinness

I could sit here and make witty commentary all day, but it hardly seems worth it when I can just list ACTUAL THINGS THAT HAPPENED that make Obama out to be a caricature of himself. To wit:
Gazing out over a massive crowd, the president proclaimed Ireland would overcome a crisis which saw it go cap-in-hand to the International Monetary Fund and European Union for a bailout by roaring "Is Feidir Linn", his famed slogan "Yes We Can" in Gaelic.
In the same speech, Obama also reused his frankly awful Obama/O'Bama joke about Irish heritage from his 2008 campaign. (Yup, I'm paying attention.)

Then, from The Australian:
The secret service advance team spent weeks in Moneygall before the trip and ordered its entire population to leave yesterday and return through metal detectors.
Ireland: where you can pass an entire town through a metal detector in a single morning.

Also, I know it's not unheard of to call Guinness "the black stuff," but do people have to keep referring to it that way in this news story? From the Globe:
Christy O'Sullivan, a government clerical worker who was taking a long lunch break to watch live TV coverage of Obama's visit... [said,] "he's the first president I've actually seen drink the black stuff like he's not ashamed of something."
Obama reportedly finished his pint in just four sips, then engaged in some other typical Irish pub behaviour.

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