President Barack Obama reacted to the heavy wind blowing as he and first lady Michelle Obama disembarked from Air Force One as they arrived at Dublin Airport to begin a 24-hour visit to the Republic of Ireland, in Dublin, Monday, May 23, 2011. Ireland has always offered warm welcomes to U.S. presidents since John F. Kennedy became the first to visit in 1963. More than 40 million Americans have Irish ancestors. The two countries today enjoy exceptional ties of culture and commerce, a crucial relationship for Ireland because of its current battle to avoid national bankruptcy.
President Barack Obama, President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese, and first lady Michelle Obama paused to be photographed as President Barack Obama arrived at the Presidential Residence in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, May 23, 2011.
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with Dr Martin McAleese, husband of Irish President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin on May 23, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. U.S. President Obama is visiting Ireland for one day. He will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sip Guinness at a pub as they visited Moneygall village in rural County Offaly, Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney hailed from, on May 23, 2011. Obama landed in Ireland on May 23, 2011 for a visit celebrating his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour.