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Michelle Does Dublin

cn_image.size.michelle-obama-daughters-trinity-college-ireland-061813-gettyOriginally posted at American Thinker Blog

Barry and Shelley, accompanied by colleens Malia and Sasha, have landed in Belfast.  While Dad “faces off” with Vladimir Putin over Syria at the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, the wife and kids flew south to visit Dublin’s Trinity College in hopes of learning all about Dad’s Irish roots.

Excited to find out that her daughters are related to white men of European descent, Michelle and the girls perused the Irish ancestors’ birth registry and looked at maps detailing Moneygall’s favorite son Barry O’Bama’s family homestead in Co Offaly.  The Obama girls also saw a 19th century map that is archived in the National Library of Ireland, which shows the lands of Gorthgreen, from where some of Obama’s family hails.

Another highlight of the trip was meeting distant cousin Henry Healy, who bestowed upon Sasha and Malia certificates confirming their Irish heritage.  According to Mr. Healy, “Both [girls] were pretty amazed with the certificates. And competing with their friends, they said now they can prove they’re more Irish than them.”

Mr. Healy said Sasha and Malia were impressed when he presented the first lady with plans for an “Obama Park in Co Offaly.” According to Cousin Henry, the girls said, “Oh my God mum, I can’t believe they’re going to build a statue of you.”  If Co Offaly knows what’s good for them they had better consult with the Photoshop department at Vogue Magazine before starting the statue.

But what’s even more amazing than a bronze effigy of Michelle Obama being erected in a Moneygall park is the amount of money this gal is costing taxpayers on her Mommy-and-Me junket to Obama’s ancestral home.

The cost of thumbing through the 9th century Monk-inscribed Gospel manuscript, the Book of Kells; talking about the Old Library Long Room that appeared in the movie Star Wars; chattin’ with Cousin Henry; taking in Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre; and trekking through the Wicklow Mountains national park in Glendalough, will be substantial.

This Irish kickoff to a month of excursions is yet another Michelle Obama special, where the G-8 Summit global affairs discussions double as a ‘Wait! Why not milk this baby for all it’s worth’ opportunity to get some vacay time out of the deal.

Think back to Obama’s March 2011 trip to Brazil.  That’s when all hell was breaking loose in Libya, and presidential business morphed into a family sightseeing tour of Rio De Janiero.  Remember when it was rumored that Mrs. Obama closed down a section of Madison Avenue in New York City to spend $50,000 at British lingerie shop Agent Provocateur? Well now, citing security considerations, inside sources are playing down the prospect that Mrs. Obama is going on a sightseeing-and-shopping spree in Dublin.

One thing’s for sure: Michelle certainly did ratchet up the lavishness level on this outing. A total of 30 rooms were booked for the first lady and her entourage in the five-star, 265-room Shelbourne Hotel. The Shelbourne Hotel has been all spiffed up and the “Guardians of the Peace of Ireland,” also known as gardai, are assisting the Secret Service detail and are gardai-ing the hotel.

Always mindful of the nation’s budgetary crisis, Michelle chose the highest of high-end accommodations for the ancestry/heritage part of the tour. In Ireland, Mrs. Obama will stay in the sumptuous €2,500-a-night Princess Grace Suite.  The Princess Grace Suite is where Grace Kelly lodged whenever she and Prince Rainier of Monaco vacationed in Ireland.

The suite is described as not only allowing “guests remarkable views of the city centre park, but surrounds them with opulent amenities befitting royalty.” The bill for the Hollywood-style digs translates into $3,927 American greenbacks per night.

A bit of trivia:  Alois Hitler, Adolf Hitler’s brother, worked in the Shelbourne Hotel in the 1900’s, and in 1922, the Irish Constitution was drafted in room 112, which is now known as the Constitution Room. Also of note is that prior to Michelle Obama arriving at the hotel, a frightened little girl who died in 1846 named Mary Masters had already frightened people by haunting the establishment.

Which brings us to Michelle’s on-stage comments at a special performance of Riverdance, which merrily took place in the Gaiety Theatre.

It was there that Mrs. Obama, accompanied by Taoiseach Enda Kenny‘s wife Fionnuala O’Kelly, addressed 1,000 schoolchildren bussed in from Barack O’Bama’s familial home.  President Michael D. Higgins’s wife Sabina was also there, but unlike America’s first lady, Sabina chose to remain silent. Better Ireland’s first lady say nothing than slip and mutter, within earshot of Michelle, “Imeacht gan teacht ort,” which means “May you leave without returning.”

Nonetheless, Michelle did tell the Gaiety audience “It’s good to be home,” which was more than a little bizarre.

Then, just like a few months back in Chicago when Michelle Obama said she was Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old schoolgirl killed by gun violence, and Hadiya Pendleton was her, Mrs. Obama, who is still very much alive, reached down in a spirit of kinship toward the children of Ireland. Speaking to an audience staring up at Mrs. Obama in wide-eyed wonder, the first lady said, “We are you. We are just like you.”Yeah, right!  Sorry, but at $4K a night, the only similarity between the smitten Moneygall schoolchildren and shameless über-vacationer Michelle the Money Gal – is nothing at all.


Michelle Obama’s Irish/German/African Pre-Summer Vacation

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Every year, like clockwork, Mrs. Obama exploits the president’s official business responsibilities to squeeze in a pre-summer vacation, otherwise known as a PSV. A PSV is where vacation junkie Michelle finds a way to finagle a series of trips at the taxpayer’s expense.

Here is how it’s done:  The president announces his plan to attend the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland.  Michelle convinces Barack to schedule some sort of secondary sideshow so the family can use it as an excuse to travel in the highest possible style, cost-free, compliments of the American taxpayer.

On this trip, the ancillary appearance will be in Belfast where President Obama will subject Irish students to a sizeable dose of his customary blarney. Michelle, as well as Sasha and Malia, will all grit their teeth and endure the Belfast students’ speech.

Let’s remember, this is the woman who couldn’t find the time to meet and spend diplomatic time with China’s first lady Peng Liyuan at the Sunnylands Summit in Rancho Mirage, California because she had to stay home for the weekend to help her daughters close out the school year at Sidwell Friends. When it comes to sharing the spotlight with a slender and attractive first lady from overseas, suddenly Michelle becomes a homebody.

Cleaning out backpacks and scraping all those stickers off the inside of school lockers must be why Michelle feels she’s earned herself yet another PSV.

From Belfast it’s off to Dublin for a tour of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College.  The first lady will then meet with Irish Embassy staff, and for the highlight of the return to Barry O’Bama’s ancestral homeland, will attend a special performance of Riverdance.  The latter will be held at a venue whose name aptly sums up the festive spirit of LGBT Pride Month recently celebrated at the White House: the Gaiety Theatre.

While at the Riverdance performance, it remains to be seen whether Michelle has plans to “Let’s Move” across the stage and join in the joyful Irish step dance.

At the Riverdance function, America’s boogying first lady will be joined by Fionnuala O’Kelly, the wife of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Sabina Higgins, the wife of the Irish President Michael Higgins, who all clearly have more clout than Xi Jinping’s fetching bride Peng Liyuan when it comes to getting Michelle O’Bama to accept an invite.

Apparently, it’s vital that the president’s wife and kids take in the Riverdance performance because “They were invited to visit the last time that Barry O’Bama was in Ireland.” Mr. and Mrs. Obama couldn’t make it that time because Barack was busy banging back Guinness and behaving like an Irish Kunta Kinte in Moneygall tracing his Gaelic roots.

So therefore, according to White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, the only reason the White House is spending millions of dollars for Mom and the girls to fly to Ireland is so that the trio has another “opportunity …to accept …hospitality?”

Next stop on Michelle’s PSV is Deutschland, where Frau Obama and Fräuleins Sasha and Malia will join der Führer, er, I mean the President in Berlin.

Huge supporter of Israel that she is, the first lady will visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Mauerpark. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer will be doing the honors and is scheduled to escort Michelle on a better-half tour of the (Berlin) Wall Park.

Frau Obama will then pay a visit to the Reichstag before joining President Obama for the official dinner hosted by the chancellor, where Mrs. Obama will likely be wearing haute couture pricy enough to solve the Euro Crisis.

Michelle and the girls will then climb aboard Air Force One, fly home, unpack, and then repack for the next leg of the PSV.  From June 26th until July 3rd the travelling Obamas will venture forth on a $60-100 million trip to sub-Saharan Africa that a White House Official is saying is “long overdue.”

In Africa the Obama entourage will spend a night in Dakar, Sénégal, two nights in Johannesburg, a night in Cape Town, and one night in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  A stop in Kenya to visit the extended Obama family is not on the itinerary, oddly enough, and neither is a visit to King George VI Hospital in Nairobi, nor Coast Province Hospital in Mombasa.

On a 2011 pre-summer vacation the first lady and the girls toured South Africa without the president. In Botswana, Michelle feasted on fried fat cakes.  If she chooses to indulge in similar fried fare this time around, even if she choses to sit out the Riverdance, she really should seize the opportunity to dance with the Masai tribe in Tanzania.  After all, up next is the “official” summer vacation in August at a 28-acre luxury estate in Martha’s Vineyard, and Michelle soon will need to fit into her swimsuit.

Barack Obama’s Excellent Israeli Adventure

Obama-Israel-holocaust-muse-horizontalOriginally posted at American Thinker

It’s Passover, and although Barack Hussein Obama’s lineage is far removed from that of Abraham, the man should at least put a little of the emergency transfusion blood that they bring along in the president’s motorcade over the lintels of his door.

Mr. Obama’s first trip to Israel as president was similar to his Jakarta jaunt in 2010 and his “Return to Moneygall” tour in 2011.  In Indonesia, the trip was cut short when Java’s Mount Merapi began spewing ash in Air Force One’s direction.  In Ireland, while revisiting his roots, Obama’s limo got hung up on a bump as it left the U.S. embassy.

In Israel, the trouble started when someone filled the engine of the president’s $1.5-million armored limo with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.  Then the vehicle biblically dubbed “The Beast” had to be towed like a busted parade float through the streets of Tel Aviv on a flatbed truck.

It’s unlikely that Obama recognized the parallel, but filling up a diesel-powered car with gasoline is a perfect analogy for what he has done to America.  A clueless Obama insists on filling the nation’s tank with the wrong energy, and now America is broken, in need of repair, and praying to God that an alternate vehicle comes along to save us.

Nonetheless, after “The Beast” was demoted, Barack Obama, who everyone knows is perfect, was overheard apologizing to Bibi Netanyhu for his 600-person back-up team, saying, “It’s embarrassing, our entourage.  My wife, Michelle, teases me mercilessly.”

Instead of blaming the help, Obama should have apologized for the conversation he had with Nicolas Sarkozy at the 2011 G20 summit that was picked up on an open microphone.  It was there that Sarkozy said of Netanyahu, “I cannot bear Netanyahu; he’s a liar,” to which Obama responded, “You’re fed up, but I have to deal with him every day.”  As Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport, an observant Israelinews commentator concisely summed up the Bibi/Barack relationship: “To tell the truth, they can’t stand one another.

Rising above the rancor and deciding to let bygones be bygones, Obama greeted Netanyahu, saying, “Good to see you…and it’s good to get away from Congress.” The president’s best effort at mending fences was to tell Bibi Netanyahu, who knows full well that Obama despises him, that there’s actually an entity he despises even more.

Immediately following those cordialities, there was a state reception with Israeli President Shimon Peres, whom Obama called “brother,” and Mr. Netanyahu, whom Obama did not call “brother,” after which the president inspected the Iron Dome battery and met with Israeli Defense Forces.

From there Obama flew to Jerusalem for another reception at Peres’s home.  That was where the Teleprompter Thespian put on his best Talmudic storyteller face and quoted from Honi and the Carob Tree.

Barack Obama, who’s so adept at planting seeds of dissension and division here at home, left his mark in Israel by planting symbolic “seeds of progress … security … [and] peace.”  Calling to mind Jesus’s words — “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots” — the Israeli government plans to inspect the Jackson magnolia Obama planted in the Holy Land.  If the sapling fails the inspection, the newest addition to Peres’s presidential garden will be uprooted.

After the tree ceremony, Obama visited Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem.  Disregarding the 55 million humans tragically slaughtered since 1973, it was at Yad Vashem that the man who supports another holocaust called abortion emphatically declared that “[a] holocaust will never happen again.”

Donning a yarmulke, Obama relit an “eternal flame next to a stone slab above ashes recovered from extermination camps after World War Two.”  While there, President Pro-Choice said, “We have a choice to acquiesce to evil or make real our solemn vow — never again.”

Obama pointed out that “we could come here 1,000 times, and each time your heart would break.”  If the patron saint of NARAL really wants to comprehend heartbreak, he should check out abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial up in New Black Panther poll-watching territory.

After Yad Vashem, Obama visited Mt. Hertzel and the graves of the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl and slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.  From there it was off to Netanyahu’s residence to discuss Iran, Syria, and the fate of Israeli spy/U.S. citizen Jonathan Pollard, currently serving life in a maximum-security prison in Illinois.  Then a press conference and a dinner unlike the dinner Obama didn’t invite Mr. Netanyahu to when he left the Israeli prime minister sitting alone in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

At Binyamei Ha’uma, the president addressed a group of Arab and Israeli students that understandably excluded those irritated with Obama for inflicting himself on Jerusalem during the wind-up to Passover.  Obama dined with Peres, went sightseeing, and breakfasted with Netanyahu at the lavish King David Hotel, where he and his crew took up 233 rooms, and did it all before scurrying off to spend time with King Abdullah in Jordan.

It’s common knowledge that the president has a history of attracting flies, rats, lightning, and volcanic ash.  Therefore, it was standard fare when a fierce sandstorm grounded Obama’s helicopter, forcing him to travel instead by car to Palestine-controlled Bethlehem in a slow-moving motorcade, where he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Not counting car repairs and travel costs, the excursion totaled $500 million in unblocked aid to the Palestinians, $200 million to the Jordanians, and a tow truck full of meaningless platitudes to Israel.

And so, at the end of Obama’s Israeli vacation, the broken-down Beast and the backup blood were loaded back onto a cargo plane for the flight home.  Barry and his souvenir kippah departed the Holy Land possibly liking Netanyahu a teeny bit more than Congress.  Left behind were angry Israelis and Palestinians, a still-pending Jackson magnolia, a wreath at Yad Vashem, remnants of an Exodus-like sandstorm, and visions of Barack’s big, butch, 18-foot-long armored limo being castrated by a tank of gas.

‘B’roke O’Bama’ Goes to Moneygall

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

For those Americans who felt it was odd when Michelle turned the water in the fountain on the South Lawn green, finally there’s a plausible explanation – Mrs. O’Bama was paying homage to her husband’s Green Isle heritage.

Barack Obama wasn’t kidding when he called himself a “global citizen.” Obama is a native “son of Kegolo Kenya,” has a childhood home in Indonesia and a birth certificate in Hawaii. Barack accomplished the historic goal of becoming the first African-American President of the United States and was somehow able to convince the Irish people he’s Irish.

Planning a state visit to the United Kingdom, like Kunta Kinte returning to his “Roots” Obama will land together with his wife Michelle, very possibly dressed in an Irish folk/Celtic Revival costume, in Dublin with plans to trace his Gaelic heritage to Moneygall in County Offaly.

That’s Moneygall, not ‘Money Gal’ as in Michelle, and Offaly, not ‘awfully,’ as in “it’s awfully hard to believe Obama’s Irish.”

After participating in “diplomatic engagements in Dublin,” the President, whose “great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney was a shoemaker and lived in the rural village,” will grace the cobble stone streets accompanied by Michelle in a pair of designer shoes that would do Grandpa Kearney proud.

The only thing stranger than Barry’s leprechaun connection is the belief that “B’roke O’Bama,” whose presidency thus far has contributed to the decimation of the greatest economy on the face of the earth, will give a “boost to the country amid all its economic woes” by paying a visit to the Emerald Isle.  Maybe the Ireland trip will start a “Luck o’ the Irish” trend and continue after AF1 touches down at home.

In preparation for the visit, “The entire village has received a fresh coat of paint, with one resident going as far as to paint the American flag on the front of his home… pavements have also been replaced and fresh flowers are being planted in doorways,” which is thoughtful as long all the crucifixes are covered.

With Obama’s reputation for international dance prowess, during the short visit there’s a good chance the couple will break out the ghillies and join in a spontaneous performance of River Dance.

In anticipation of the visit, besides selling posters and T-shirts, “Some have a picture of the president holding a pint of Guinness, one simply says: ‘What’s the craic Barack?’” – pronounced “crack,” and in Obama’s case that means “youthful fun.”

According to the proud owner of the Moneygall pub, home of the Barry O’Bama bust, “There’s…a kind of a feeling of something unreal happening because we just never imagined this would happen in anyone’s lifetime and it’s a huge thing.” As we say here in America, “Tell me about it.”

Obama’s cousin Henry Healy “traced a family connection” to Obama and is proud to say he is Barry O’s eighth cousin. Henry is looking forward to shaking his relative’s hand and probably didn’t realize it, but in one sentence he summed up the total desperation of the American people since Barack Obama was elected President when he said, “It’s always been surreal but … it is becoming more and more of a reality.

“This visit is not only about celebrating a seemingly unlikely family history,” with a strong emphasis on the “seemingly unlikely,” but for the Irish it’s “about giving a rural village and a country a much needed boost” from a president who, while busy enhancing Ireland, continues to transform America into a literal “Land of Ire.”

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