The Second Coming of Obama
Marian Finucane didn't ham it up too much. She casually said to the American ambassador that she believed Barack Obama had a message for the Irish. Yes, the ambassador told her. When he met with Obama last week, the last thing Obama said to the ambassador was: "Tell them I'm coming."
Those four words, biblical in their simplicity yet of momentous self-importance, electrified the nation. We couldn't have been more excited if it had been a message from Santa Claus. Or if it'd been Christ himself announcing the second coming. In years to come, a generation of Irish liberals will remember where they were when they heard that He Is Coming.
And how thoughtful of him to send us this consoling message at this time of deep national grief. Clearly he knew how we must be feeling. Because he certainly doesn't seem to lack a welcome for himself, and he certainly doesn't underestimate the tragedy of his reign being over.