Blarney and belly laughs as Enda goes on charm offensive
THE Taoiseach was impressively bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for a chap who had grabbed only a few hours' sleep, having landed in Washington DC in the middle of a howling gale around 1am.
"See that big fella over there who's minding me? He's from Tipperary," he confided, pointing at a doorstep of a local cop standing at the entrance to the hotel as he bustled away to the first engagement of his six-day US visit.
Enda Kenny likes America. The can-do attitude suits his optimistic personality and informal nature. He's invariably in good form when he touches down on US soil for the annual Paddy's Day festivities at the White House – understandably so, given that no other country of Ireland's size gets an annual sit-down with the leader of the free world. As he said himself during the first speech of this trip: "Small country, big message."