Martina Devlin: Heartfelt act of friendship uplifted Irish everywhere
Let no one be in any doubt: he has the JFK electricity. And he no longer needs a Kennedy to hold his hand while he channels it.
Barack Obama came into his own when he set foot on Irish soil yesterday, and immediately behaved as if he felt right at home.
Not because he said "slainte" and showed a suitable reverence for the black stuff. Not because he held a hurley stick or handled a spade like a Mick (although, as it happens, he did).