Saturday 25 November 2017

Don't the First Daughters at least get a trip to the shops?

Malia and Sasha Obama outside the Gaiety Theatre
Malia and Sasha Obama outside the Gaiety Theatre
17/06/2013 Daughter of Michelle Obama Malia Obama(14) before a viewing of Riverdance by the First Lady at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
No Repro Fee MAXWELLS DUBLIN 17-6-13 Picture shows the First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama ; along with daughters Sasha (12) ; and Malia (14) ; met with Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost & President ; and Ms Anne-Marie Diffley; Visitor Services Manager in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Pic:Maxwells Dublin-no fee pic
The First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama along with daughters Sasha (12) and Malia (14) met with Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin.
17/06/2013 First Lady Michelle Obama & her Daughters (L to R) Malia (14) & Sasha (12) speak to members of the crowd before a viewing of Riverdance by the First Lady at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

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