The president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, made a ‘whistle-stop’ visit to Ireland last week. During the course of his less than one-day stop-over he was received by the President, Mary McAleese, at her official residence, he met some government officials, he travelled by helicopter to a small village in Co. Offaly from whence one of his ancestors emigrated to the US in the nineteenth century, and he was received with great enthusiasm in the centre of Dublin city where thousands queued from early morning in order to catch a glimpse of him. Everywhere he went he was received with rapturous applause.
But nobody seemed to be aware of Mr. Obama’s active support for and financing of the killing of unborn children worldwide.
People in many countries have expressed their surprise that there did not appear to be any opposition whatsoever to his visit, nor any demonstration of profound horror at his policies. However, it would probably have been impossible to get through the massive security operation that surrounded him, and if anybody did manage to do so I have no doubt but that he or she would have been very quickly overpowered and removed.
To date, a solitary letter of dissent has been published in one national newspaper, as follows:
‘I just looked at the RTÉ coverage of the Obama visit. I just wish Irish people knew how bad it is to be governed by him before they welcomed him so warmly. He spends money we don’t have, creates higher taxes, apologises for foreign policy, not to mention the fact that he believes in the killing of the unborn. Is it 2012 yet?’
The writer lives in Baltimore, Maryland, US.