Obama’s Daughters not that impressed with their Irish Holiday!
It seems the Obama’s Daughters aren’t that impressed with the ‘aul Emerald Isle! It seems the teenagers weren’t overly taken by a holiday itinery that included visits to the Book of Kells, Glendalough, Riverdance and God forbid, lunch with Bono in Dalkey!
Obama girls Malia and Sasha unimpressed with holiday in Ireland
BY CORMAC MCQUINN – 19 JUNE 2013
Trinity College may have reminded them of Hogwarts, but the Obama children looked like they would have preferred to be at a Harry Potter theme park than poring over dusty documents showing their distant Irish heritage.
The glazed over expressions on the faces of Malia (14) and Sasha (12) during their brief visit to Ireland with First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t go unnoticed by the US media.
ABC’s Good Morning America featured a segment with the reporter noting that “Even the president’s daughters can get a bit bored with history” as they were shown the Book of Kells.
It played a clip of Mrs Obama saying they were “thrilled” to be at a private Riverdance Show in the Gaiety Theatre, with her daughters shown in the audience rubbing their eyes, apparently drowsy after watching another of their parents’ speeches.
The ABC news reporter referenced 1980s Chevy Chase movie National Lampoon’s European Vacation, where teenagers are bored by the sights of the continent saying: “As they meet with distant Irish cousins how quickly these once in a lifetime experiences can take a turn when the children become about as impressed as the Griswalds”.
After the report, anchor George Staphanopoulos quipped: “Oh man, lunch with Bono again?”
RTE News presenter Bryan Dobson later picked up on the Obama daughter’s apparent boredom, tweeting: “#spareathoughtforthekids a genealogy lecture, the Book of Kells, Glendalough, a pub lunch with Bono! What was your worst childhood holiday?” He later suggested the girls might have visited Tayto Park instead.
Good Morning America seem to have kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest after tweeting that Sasha and Malia Obama were not enjoying their time in Ireland.
The US station was reported to have tweeted “Sasha & Malia Obama don’t seem too impressed with their trip to Ireland. What’s the worst vacation you’ve ever had?” Screenshots were quickly flying around Twitter.
Irish people may be more than capable of moaning about our own country but we tend to get a bit irritable when people from other countries have a go. The fact that the tweet was deleted shortly afterwards also helped to ramp up the paranoid suspicion that there was something untoward about the whole thing.
Needless to say, some of the responses were more vociferous than others and some people also conceded that it was possible that a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old to be a bit bored when visiting historical Irish sites.
We don’t know what all the fuss is about. The two girls look like they’re having an absolute ball in the above photo from the Old Library Building in Trinity…