“O’Bama” cuz pulls the prez

Since I’ve written about JFK and Ronald Reagan over the past few weeks it seems only fair to link to this Politico Magazine story about the shrewd young Irishman who has made the most of Barack Obama’s Irish “roots.”

Henry Healy has made himself a minor celebrity in Ireland and the U.S. by exploiting his uncle’s genealogy research that traced Obama’s great-great-great grandfather to the village of Moneygall in County Offaly.

All in good fun and hospitality, of course.

Obama visited the village in May 2011, naturally tipping a pint at the local pub. I did a drive-by visit with my wife and some Irish friends in May 2012, seeing the outside of the ancestral home and sticking my head in Ollie Hayes’ place. Pictures below: