So …Air Force One has landed. And the only question I want to ask is when do they all go home. G8…sick of it already. Not without its funny side. Noel Thompson did not know it was the Lord Lieutenant (Lady?) from County Antrim who welcomed President Obama at Aldergrove Airport. ” There goes my knighthood” joked Thompson but unionists would have expected better from the BBC. In fairness nobody knows we actually have a Lord or Lady Lieutenant. To set the record straight, her name is …..no its gone. but she is hardly a household name in her own household. What else did we learn so far….well nationalists wont be thrilled that David Cameron presumes to welcome President Obama to Norn Iron. We have learned that the US Consulate was so impressed with an essay written by a pupil from Methody (where else?), a girl pupil (obviously) and in a few minutes she will welcome President Obama on to the stage. I am guessing that Hannah Nelson will be …coincidently….photogenic.
Yes. I put Ms Nelson on “mute”. I have heard too many confident, articulate teenagers talk about how much they want Peace.
President Obama has star quality. Frankly he has nothing else. He name- checked all the right places and people. …the politicians, Rory McIlroy, “Dame” Mary Peters, Seamas Heaney…even getting in “whats the craic?”. And yet he was at his best talking about new generations creating space for tolerance.
There was something slightly uncomfortable. Did we really need Bill Clinton to tell us all how wonderful we all are? Do we really need Barak Obama to remind us? Are we so lacking in confidence that we crave being patronised?