May 23rd, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Obama finds big fans in Ireland

Too bad for the president, these enthusiastic fans cannot vote in the U.S. election.


Topics: Ireland • President Obama
May 23rd, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Henry and Keilar talk Obama trip

CNN's Ed Henry (@edhenrycnn) and Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) preview President Obama's week-long trip to Europe.


Topics: President Obama
Volcano gets in Obama's way
May 23rd, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Volcano gets in Obama's way

WASHINGTON (CNN) -It wasn't a lack of Irish hospitality but instead a Nordic volcano forcing President and Mrs. Obama to leave Ireland early.  After a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, including connecting with his Irish roots and downing a pint of Guinness in a Moneygall pub, President Obama is leaving Monday night for London - a change in schedule. 

A volcano in Iceland that has affected air travel in some parts of Europe is to blame.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced Air Force One would depart Ireland Monday night, "due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash." 

The president was originally scheduled to stay overnight in Ireland. Obama’s London schedule will continue as planned including meetings with Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama will also visit France and Poland on the week-long trip.  This isn't the first time the president's international travel has been waylaid by a volcano.  Last November, the president was forced to shorten his visit to Indonesia because of fears that volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi could have grounded Air Force One.


Topics: President Obama • The News
Obama greeted by huge crowd in Dublin
May 23rd, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Obama greeted by huge crowd in Dublin

The president opens speech in College Green with crowd-pleasing line: "My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas"

UPDATE: The crowd numbered 25,000, according to Michael Slattery, managing director of Fire Safety Engineers and overall event safety coordinator.

Full story on Obama's speech here


Topics: Ireland • President Obama
Because what else would he drink in Ireland?
May 23rd, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Because what else would he drink in Ireland?

@EdHenryCNN Before partaking in pint, President told barkeep, "You tell me when it's settled. I don't want to mess this up ... That looks pretty tasty."


Topics: Ireland • President Obama
May 23rd, 2011
12:48 PM ET

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Topics: WH Words
May 23rd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Obama limo meets its match

'The Beast' met its match Monday in Dublin.

One of President Obama’s heavily armored Cadillacs was stuck for more than 15 minutes as it emerged from the U.S. embassy in Dublin Monday. FULL POST


Topics: President Obama
Obama sends federal help to tornado ravaged Missouri
The president called Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Monday morning.
May 23rd, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Obama sends federal help to tornado ravaged Missouri

Washington (CNN) –President Obama has dispatched federal emergency management officials including the FEMA administrator to Joplin Missouri. The president is monitoring events in the tornado ravaged region from Ireland as he begins his one week European trip. The White House released this statement Monday.

"The President called Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to personally extend his condolences and to express that all of the families of Joplin affected by the severe tornadoes are in his thoughts and prayers. The President assured the governor that FEMA will remain in close contact and coordination with state and local officials."
Read more on the rescue efforts here. 


Topics: President Obama • The News
May 23rd, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Obama gets in touch with his roots

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shake hands with crowds in his ancestral village of Moneygall, Ireland. @EdHenryCNN noted one man shouted, "Welcome home Mr. President!"

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney has more on the reception in Moneygall here.


Topics: President Obama
Obama kicks off six-day trip in Ireland
May 23rd, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Obama kicks off six-day trip in Ireland

The president arrived in Ireland early Monday to kick off a six-day trip through Europe:

What he’s done so far:

- Met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin

- Planted a tree - an upright Irish oak - in a park with trees planted by former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

- Arrived in downtown Moneygall, where he and Mrs. Obama shook hands outside the ancestral home.


Topics: President Obama