So good to be home - Michelle Obama
First Lady steals show as Obama joins G8 leaders
IT MAY well be remembered as the day we turned the corner.
The day America's First Lady Michelle Obama stole the show and told us: "It's good to be home."
Mrs Obama captured hearts on the first day of her two-day visit with daughters Malia (14) and Sasha (12).
"You have made our family feel right home here in Ireland and you guys are pretty awesome," she told schoolchildren in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.
For this island nation it was a day of firsts, from the First Lady to another oratorical wonder from her husband the US President.
Both their contributions for the G8 visit sent the message that Ireland had turned a corner.
Earlier in a keynote address in Belfast's Waterfront Hall, Barack Obama declared: "This little island, its best days are yet ahead."
Echoing the upbeat message, Mrs Obama urged the young crowd in the Gaiety to understand "that the most important thing for you to do is to be able to pick yourself up when you fall".
"If you keep doing that, then you can make yourselves into anything you choose," she said.
In marked contrast to the serious business at the G8 summit in Enniskillen, the First Lady and her daughters had a relaxed day in the capital – visiting Trinity College, where they learned about their Irish roots. Malia and Sasha were also presented with certificates of Irish heritage.