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

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Good, now get back to work!

    May 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  2. Mark

    So sorry you couldn't travel on the American tax payers dime and see your homestead. Maybe next time ..... Or maybe next time you might actually stay here and get some work done.

    May 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  3. amon amarth lover

    Wow most people would be glad that they get to stay longer on vacation. But our president shouldnt have been on vacation. He should have been running the country. Thats what presidents do.

    May 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  4. SgtSerge

    Is it just me or did this not happen last year...... Obama cutting a Europe trip short because of this same reason, shortly after airspace was close for days. I wonder.......

    May 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  5. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Mr.President,this must be Trip 300 either within the U.S. or overseas.What is your problem with staying in the White House and working.All your Field Trips are just "Dog and Pony" shows for Fund Raising or to enhance your image in the world,not the United States since you talk us down on a continuous basis.Maybe the Volcano is a sign from"Mother Earth" telling you to go home.You must have the "American Express Black Card" with no credit limit on travel for the U.S.Government but hey,keep racking up those air miles while there are people in this country who are losing their homes and unemployment insurance is running out.Just keep having a good time on the Taxpayers dime.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  6. Christina Moorshead

    Conservative website running with "Obama snubs Ireland" story in 3..2..1..

    May 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  7. Albert McNamara

    MSNBC is reporting that the volcano is racist.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  8. guest

    The volcano ashes are not even near his planned route. On top of that he brought his own beer because he didn't trust the Irish brew and managed to get his car stuck on a speed bump. 2012 can't come fast enough. The man is a joke.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • James, AL

      Guest, I am sure you do not like the president, but you really need to understand more before you write. However, I agree with you on the 2012 approach. I can not wait to vote for him again!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • John

        And many of us who voted for him the last time can't wait to hold our noses and vote against him. His challengers are terrible, but we can't do 4 more years with this guy, especially given the fact that he will know he doesn't have to run again and has nothing to lose pushing more of his left leaning policies.

        May 24, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  9. guest

    He is not a joke. he is a far better president than Bush ever was. and when 2012 arrives, if he is not elected a second term, someone worse may be elected. Be careful what you wish for

    May 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  10. JoePub

    It's obvious that the volcano is racist!!! Either that, or the eruption is Bush's fault.

    May 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  11. che-3

    Coward guest. You still thinks like a child. You're very pathetic and pitiful. Little pitiful moron!

    May 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You claim that someone 'thinks like a child' yet you call them a 'Little pitiful moron'. I now understand why you voted for Barry.

      May 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  12. sol

    Hate is ignorance, education helps

    May 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Aaaaww! I don't care how you clowns in white sheets and hoods want to keep denying it, I'm telling you this: Even An uneducated, non-political, stark raving fool knows that had OBAMA been a white man and did the exact things that he has done or is trying to do, he would not have been as challenged nor dismissed by you haters! You know why? White's generally don't go all out to make each other look like a fool! They mostly cover for one another, like they did BUSH, and sit back hoping things workout!

    May 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    AND YES! I will continue to 'play the race card' as long as it's in the DECK! Oh, it's certainly still in there, too. BIGTIME! So don't even try to go there with me again, because it won't change a thing; my opinion nor the truth!

    May 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Bellabeans

      You go girl! I like what you said about the race card. I don't think some people realize how obvious they are (about their hate) in their messages about Obama, black President of the United States of America. The more they show their hate, the more I love and am proud of our President.

      May 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Bellabeans; You go girl! It makes me prouder of him too! I will fight that propaganda of political based gravy, and racist undermining trick of the devil until THE END! Oh they know it alright; they know exactly what they're doing! They hope that many of us are not really watching! They think we're to stupid or illiterate to realize it. LET'S KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT!

    May 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  16. Todd

    Poor baby – the idiot belongs in Missouri anyway. At least GWB didn't book an European vacation after disaster struck. But what do you expect from a hedonist who has spend 90% of his term in office on vacation or the golf course. Barak fiddles while the Mid-West suffers.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  17. blaqmajik

    LOL so there are sooo many haters here. thank God for people like Liz Carter In Georgia and Bellabeans who have rational thoughts. To all the haters, keeping spewing that hater-aid becuase in 2012 you will have to drink it all.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  18. Nicostar


    think wise and think twice, you unstayable creature

    shut off with your tribalizims

    May 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Boo-hoo! Boo-hoo! Todd, stop lying! That European trip was not scheduled after the Joplin, Missouri event! Presidential trips, especially overseas diplomatic trips are scheduled waaaay ahead of time! Now who's the idiot? 'the idiot belongs in Missouri anyway'? The President of the United States belonged exactly where he was! He went to MO right when he was suppose to! Where in the world do you clowns get off dictating to PRES OBAMA, his whats, whens, and wheres? THAT MAN'S NOT SUBORDINATE TO YOU!

    May 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      "THAT MAN'S NOT SUBORDINATE TO YOU!" Actually, technically as president he is subordinate to each of us.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey blaqmajik. Thanks!

    May 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    No, if you want to go there, technically, he is a US PRESIDENT. He's not expected by normal thinking AMERICANS to be subordinate to them. Answerable maybe, but subordinate never. Subordination means 'under', he's 'over'. He presides 'over' the people of Congress we vote for and send to WASHINGTON to 'so-called' represent us! Over not under, although it's obvious you all want to male this PRESIDENT, after 43 to feel and act subordinate to you. 'He's going to do what we say'!....Why now, this particular one?

    June 1, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Ah, now I see the true difference between you and I, conservative and Liberal. You think he is your slave master, can tell you what to do, you do not think unless he issues an order. Well, Liz, let me free you from your bondage. The truth is he is only the president, he has no power over any individual citizen (other than as commander of military) , including our representatives. The president can not compel me or you to do anything.

      You truly do not understand our government, the balance of power and responsibility. Maybe Barry and his zombies want to hope and dream it to be so, but buddy that does not make it.

      June 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    No you've got it twisted Jay. I stick by my comment and you can read into it whatever ignorant synopsis you like. However, I believe I am one LIBERAL who understands you CONSERVATIVES! Oh even some 'LIBERALS' who are secret, sympathizers and empathizers of CONSERVATIVES. You all think you are his slave masters! Honestly, sometimes I wonder if he knows he's a victim of a systemic slavery and needs to be freed from his bondage. So many things he went in wanting to do have been blocked by his 'slave masters'!

    June 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Well Liz, as you always say 'A hit dog hollers', I guess the truth hurts.

      June 4, 2011 at 12:10 am |
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