Lise Hand: There's no show like a Joe show
THERE is a diplomatic skill peculiar to every Paddy from plumber to politician, and it's the high art known as Chancing Your Arm. The Irish are only mighty at this, and if Taking A Flyer was an Olympic sport, we wouldn't be able to move for all the gold medals.
As soon as the news filtered through to the Irish delegation in the Okura Hotel that US Vice-President Joe Biden would be under the same roof as the Taoiseach, they got busy on the phones.
None of this nonsense about making appointments for months in advance, and no matter that the poor divil would be jet-lagged after a marathon flight from the east coast of the US. Sure wasn't his Ma's family from Co Louth originally, and he's a great friend of the auld sod.