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May 27, 2011

Obama: Six days, four nations

US President Barack Obama began a six-day, four-nation tour (Ireland, England, France, and Poland) May 22, 2011. His 24-hour visit to Ireland included dropping by rural Moneygall, where his great-great-great-grandfather Fulmouth Kearney lived before immigrating to the United States in 1850. The second stop on Mr. Obama’s itinerary? London, for a visit with the Queen, where he was honored with a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace and gave an address to both houses of Parliament. Mr. Obama’s next stop: a meeting of the Group of 8 world powers in Deauville, France. The leaders discussed how the West could help Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab states in political transition. On the last stop: Mr. Obama visited Poland. Last year he was forced to cancel (to attend the funeral of Poland's president) when the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano restricted air space and travel. Ironically, a new volcanic eruption forced alterations of his itinerary again this year. -- Paula Nelson (Editor's note: We will not post on May 30, 2011, Memorial Day. See you again on June 1.) (55 photos total)

US President Barack Obama is greeted by a well wisher in College Green, May 23, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. Obama visited Ireland for one day. Earlier he met with Irish President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Enda Kenny, and visited his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

US President Obama speaks at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

US President Obama speaks at College Green, May 23, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Obama hugs Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny as First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Fionnuala Kenny at College Green, May 23, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

US President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to crowds in College Green, May 23, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Hoisting a glass of Guinness at Ollie Hayes pub as fiddle music played, Obama enjoys the drink in his ancestral home of Moneygall alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, May 23, 2011. (Irish Government/Pool/Getty Images) #

Obama holds a hurley after it was given to him by Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh, May 23, 2011. (Irish Government/Pool /Getty Images) #

Obama greets the locals after speaking at an Irish celebration at College Green in Dublin, May 23, 2011. Obama sipped a pint of stout and cuddled babies as a tiny Irish village welcomed home "a long lost cousin" with an outpouring of affection. Obama began his four-nation tour of Europe with a celebration of his ancestral roots. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

A newspaper vendor holds up a stack of papers with the front page headline "Welcome Home" in reference to US President Barack Obama's visit to the Republic of Ireland. Obama paid a joyful visit to a small Irish village where his great-great-great grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker.(Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

Obama high-fives a crowd after speaking during an Irish celebration at Green College, May 23, 2011. The visit to Ireland is the first stop on Obama's week-long European tour. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

Youths wear the Stars and Stripes as they wait for US President Obama in Dublin, May 23, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

An Irish youngster poses for a photograph amongst people queuing up to join the crowd to listen to US President Barack Obama make an address at College Green in Dublin, May 23, 2011. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

A man hangs the Stars and Stripes bunting, May 23, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Children wave flags as they queue to see US President Obama address a rally at College Green, May 23, 2011. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #

Irish President Mary McAleese and US President Barack Obama return to the Presidential Residence after a tree planting ceremony, May 23, 2011. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Secret Service agent holds the door of the US President as he leaves Winfield House, the official residence of the US Ambassador, in Regent's Park, May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During the trip they will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the President will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall. (Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images) #

Obama reviews an honor guard with Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, during an official arrival ceremony at Buckingham Palace, May 24, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

An honor guard passes before Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama at Buckingham Palace, May 24, 2011. Obama is on a four-nation European visit to Ireland, England, France and Poland. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) #

A muslim protestor is removed by police from outside Downing Street prior to the arrival of President Obama, May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

First Lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama and Samantha Cameron pose outside number 10 Downing Street, May 24, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Obama stands at the altar as he walks with the Dean of Westminster, Dr. John Hall as he visits Westminster Abbey, May 24, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Obama shakes hands with the choristers in Westminster Abbey, May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

President Obama is shown around Westminster Abbey by the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall (with his wife Michelle), May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #

Obama, watched by his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, signs the Distinguished Visitors Book during a tour of Westminster Abbey, May 24, 2011. Obama mistakenly dated the visit 24 May 2008. (John Stillwell/Pool/Associated Press) #

A detailed view of the page written by US President Barack Obama, in Westminster Abbey's Distinguished Visitor's Book shows the incorrect date 24 May 2008. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) #

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks at paintings inside Buckingham Palace after lunch in London May 24, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama tour the Queen's Gallery with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace, May 24, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

The US President and First Lady Michelle Obama meet Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, in central London, May 24, 2011. Obama took time out to say he was "heartbroken" at the toll of vicious tornados which ripped across the US midwest, killing 116 people. (Charles Dharapak/AFP/Getty Images) #

A police officer pushes back demonstrators after clashes between the English Defence League and muslim groups, in London, May 24, 2011. (Darren Staples/Reuters) #

A Secret Service agent polishes the Presidential limousine outside Westminster Abbey, May 24, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Muslim protestors demonstrate in Whitehall during the US President's visit to Downing Street, May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Obama waves to onlookers as he leaves Westminster Abbey, May 24, 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

President Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron play table tennis at Globe Academy, May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Paul Hackett/WPA Pool/Getty Images) #

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh before a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace, May 24, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace, London, May 24, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/Pool/Associated Press) #

The Queen makes a speech as President Obama reacts during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace, May 24, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/Pool/Associated Press) #

The Presidential motorcade leaves Buckingham Palace for Downing Street, May 25, 2011. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #

British Prime Minister David Cameron greets Obama as he arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London, May 25, 2011. Obama talked with Prime Minister Cameron about winding down the decade-long war in Afghanistan and other things. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Obama and Prime Minister Cameron as they arrive at the Palace of Westminster May 25, 2011. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) #

Michelle Obama leaves Christ Church college after delivering a speech and answering student's questions, May 25, 2011 in Oxford, England. Mrs Obama joined female students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in North London for an open day at the University of Oxford.(Peter Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images) #

Obama arrives at the Palace of Westminster, May 25, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Obama, escorted by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Helen Hayman, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, walks into Westminster Hall to address members of both Houses of Parliament in London, May 25, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Protesters stage a demonstration against US policy at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, in Parliament Square, May 25, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Obama, accompanied by House of Common Speaker John Bercow and House of Lords Speaker Baroness Hayman, arrives at the Houses of Parliament, May 25, 2011. (Sang Tan/Pool/Associated Press) #

Obama bows slightly after finishing his speech to members of British Parliament inside Westminster Hall, May 25, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

The limousine carrying the US President is driven away following his address to Britain's Parliament, May 25, 2011. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch for the arrival of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Winfield House, May 25, 2011. (Larry Downing/Reuters) #

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama embrace as he boards Air Force One at Stansted Airport, May 26, 2011 near London, England. Obama left Britain for the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, following a two day state visit. (Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images) #

Obama is greeted by members of the public as he arrives at the G8 summit, May 26, 2011, in Deauville, France. Stefan Rousseau/WPA/Pool/Getty Images) #

The G8 leaders including (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Maneul Barroso, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan walk to lunch after their first meeting at the G8 Summit, May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. (Stefan Rousseau/WPA/Pool/Getty Images) #

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama meet local people in Deauville as they arrive for lunch. (Stefan Rousseau/WPA/Pool/Getty Images) #

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his pregnant wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy greet US President Barack Obama for an evening dinner function at Le Ciro's Restaurant at the G8 Summit, May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. (Chris Ratcliffe/Pool/Getty Images) #

Obama walks with aide Reggie Love and Mike Froman, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs on his way to a dinner at the G8 summit, May 26, 2011. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Obama changes planes from Air Force One Boeing 757 to a 747 at Orly airport near Paris, May 27, 2011 en route to Warsaw, Poland. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

President Obama reviews an honor guard after disembarking from Air Force One upon arriving in Warsaw, May 27, 2011. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #


 
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