He Came, He Saw, He Complimented.

Yesterday, and yesterday only, President Obama was in the house. Unlike the formality of the previous week, his brief visit culminated in a speech to a large crowd in College Green. Following an introduction by Enda Kenny, Obama pleased the crowd but it was largely sentiment and reassurance rather than substance with an obligatory is féidir linn thrown in at the end.

Did it play well with the crowd? You bet.

Did they care about the content? Hell, no.

Job well done here and in the US? Probably.

For audio (and you kind of need to hear both to get the flavour) check out the Irish Times . Otherwise there is a transcript of Obama here.