Saturday 5 January 2008

Obama 08 - Advance party arrives and finds the natives are friendly

Today in Moneygall (Ollie's pub to be exact), we welcomed members of the Irish Americans for Obama for a celebration of the Iowa caucus. Led by Diamond Ebs, (in photo with Paddy Anglican) they joined locals in a enthusiastic celebration of the 1st Primary of Election 08. As I write it is abundantly clear that this was no statistical blip. Polls show Obama a full 10% ahead of Hilary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary which takes place on Tuesday next. New Hampshire is one of the few parts of the US I am familiar with and having a small insight into their independent spirit I can honestly say I am confident that they will give Obama another well deserved endorsement.
I am very conscious that a lot of people think this is just another Ballyporeen moment and that would be a shame. Obama represents the best hope for an America that has tragically lost its soul during the Bush regime. This great country which once represented the abundance of hope and possibility is now blighted by a regime that trades on fear and prejudice. The effects of this are being felt throughout the world and for my money Obama is the only candidate who has the vision and the passion to change this descent into disaster. "Fired up! Ready to go!"

Friday 4 January 2008

O Happy Days! Moneygall man on way to New Hampshire with a spring in his step!

Well even I am gobsmacked by what Obama has achieved in taking Iowa so convincingly. We're having a little celebration here in the parish tomorrow in association with Irish Americans for Obama . Come along to Ollie's pub in Moneygall at 3pm (Saturday 5th January) if you want to join in the festivities. Here's a little reminder of why this unlikely candidate is winning hearts and minds from across the political/religious spectrum:

And here is the victory speech in Iowa - All the experience in the world can't hold a candle to integrity and passion! This man could be the greatest president that America has ever had and that's just what the world needs so badly: