Thursday 18 July 2019

Enda tries to lend a hand

As a great philosopher once said: "Timing is everything". OK, so it was actually TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, in an interview last week about her love life, but the point still stands.

Enda Kenny should have heeded that advice before his annual St Patrick's Day trip to the White House. For a while, all went swimmingly. He was photographed with some leprechauns, in the traditional way. He presented President Obama with the customary bowl of shamrock - though since we're on the subject, what the hell is that all about? Potted plants are officially the worst present ever. You can eat chocolates. You can take back slippers and exchange them for something better. But weeds? Er, thanks, Taoiseach, you shouldn't have. No, really, I mean it. You shouldn't have.

Then came the dreaded photoshoot. It was at this point that Mr Kenny was seen stretching out a hand to the President … but Barack didn't notice. Or pretended not to notice, at any rate. Totes awkward, or what? Talk about being "friend zoned".

Enda withdrew his hand sheepishly, and gazed at his nails, as if to check that he was indeed still there, possibly one of the saddest images ever committed to film. Bambi's mum being shot had nothing on this. Basically the Taoiseach was ignored on the one day of the year when he's supposed to be the centre of attention. He must have been relieved to get back to this side of the Atlantic.

On the other hand, America only made us look foolish. Europe landed us with billions in bank debt, so it could've been worse.

Eilis O'Hanlon

Sunday Independent

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