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John Drennan: Mr Kenny goes to Washington, and isn't dwarfed amid empire's panoply

The Taoiseach has an instinctive empathy with the American spirit, writes John Drennan from Capitol Hill

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

AT Washington's inspirational Second World War Memorial, a newly married bride clad in a glowing cream wedding gown walks among the fountains and the cherry blossoms that are streaked by a timorous March light.

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As her husband joins her and they hold hands in that way couples who are in love do, I reflect that a war memorial is a curious place to be on your wedding day. But then, to often largely unsmiling Irish eyes, America is a strange land.

Perhaps the couple may have been en route to read the inspiring words of the little-known author Walter Lord about the Battle of Midway.

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