Monday, May 23, 2011

President Obama Meets With President McAleese

Signing the guest book at Áras an Uachtaráin...
Heralded by trumpeters clad in black uniforms and plumed hats, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Irish President Mary McAleese's residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, a large white house that resembles the White House, set in Phoenix Park in Dublin, shortly after 10:00 AM local time. They walked into the State Reception Room alongside the Irish President and her husband, Martin McAleese. (Above: President Obama signs the guest book as Mrs. Obama and McAleese look on)

A large guest book with sheets of lined manila-colored paper sat on a wooden table at the center of the State Reception Room, an ornate room with gold trim on the ceiling and walls, a deep green carpet and fireplace. The Obamas only signed their name in the guest book. They thanked the McAleeses before being ushered into another room. (Above: The signatures)

An Irish Army commandant stood off to the side, behind the table, reported pool.

As he walked out, an Irish reporter shouted: "Mr. President, may we ask your first impressions of Ireland?"

President Obama smiled and wave his hand. (Above: Mrs. Obama takes her turn signing)

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