Friday, May 27, 2011
The fact that the Queen's state visit was accompanied by all the pomp and ceremony appropriate to the occasion meant that Obama's visit was the dessert after the main course. A little rushed maybe, but a nice end to a 'pleasant evening'. However, if it hadn't been for the Queen's visit I suspect more than a few of us might have been left wondering 'what was that all about?'
The second thing that struck me were the protests at the President's visit. Or rather: the lack of protests. Imagine if it had been President George Bush arriving in College Green: with two wars on the go and Guantanamo packed full of suspected terrorists? There probably wouldn't have been enough Gardai available to make that gig go so smoothly. But President Obama arrives with two wars on the go and Guantanamo still open and... silence.
I guess Britain isn't the only country with a 'special' relationship with the United States.