27 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

PROUD FATHER Joe Liffey, originally from President Barack Obama’s ancestral home of Moneygall, but now living at Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, contacted took this picture of his six-month-old son Ryan being held by the American President during his trip to the small village in County Offaly on Monday last.
Ryan’s dad Joe said that he had never seen his home village, with a population of just 300 people so busy, stating that there were Gardaí, army and Secret Service personnel everywhere.
Joe and his wife Darina, who are avid fans of the US leader, thought that the meet and greet was over when the President and First Lady went into the local watering hole for a Guinness.
However, they were presently surprised when the Obamas emerged from the pub and began coming towards them, at the end of the railing.
Their chance encounter happened when President Obama saw Dara, Ryan’s brother behind the railing and asked his name. He then shook hands with Joe and Darina, before taking Ryan into his arms. First Lady Michelle Obama also said that Ryan was “really cute.”
The Liffey family were delighted to meet the Obamas in person and commented that it was thoroughly worth the three-hour wait for a golden Kodak moment!

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