Don't the First Daughters at least get a trip to the shops?
Caitlin McBride was once that bored American teen, brought to all the most cultural spots in the capital. Here she argues that Sasha and Malia Obama could have been presented with a bit more fun during their visit to the old sod.
Any American teenager would be thrilled to travel to Ireland for a family holiday, but surely the average American teenager wouldn't have banked on a trip spent hanging out with work acquaintances of your parents...and not even getting to the inside of a shopping centre.
As the Obamas are staying in the Shelbourne on Stephen's Green and saw Riverdance perform in the Gaiety, I can imagine the calls of Grafton Street taunting them on their doorstep - River Island, A|wear, BT2 - all blaring music, seeing girls of the same age walking around, holding shopping bags, sipping Butlers hot chocolate or a smoothie from Zumo.