Even though I'm not much of a fan, I still voted for Michael D Higgins. Twice.
I didn't like his stance on the death of Castro and, like a lot of old Lefties, there is always the sneaking suspicion that he's soft on communist regimes because he thinks their hearts are in the right place.
But while I don't share his politics - far from it - he is basically a decent man and, let's be honest, when you look at who he was running against, there wasn't much of an alternative.
But he certainly did some service for the nation during his recent appearance on Tommy Tiernan's TV show. The pair have been mates for years so it was always going to be a bit of a love-in, and the waft of cosy luvviness was indeed unbearable at times.
But his comments about the importance of reading were important and valuable.
Speaking to the comedian, Higgins reflected on his own childhood and said: "When my mother and father had lost everything in Limerick and we moved to Clare, my mother would go to O'Mahony's bookshop and buy books. Even during their difficult times, my uncle and aunt bought the paper. I didn't go to school until I was seven and I learned to read from the newspaper headlines. I say all this to encourage anyone - where I am now would have seemed impossible at several stages throughout my life... Stay curious and keep going."
It was a fine sentiment, well delivered, and it reminded of us something which many people seem to have lost - the sheer joy of reading.
Those of us still mad enough to work in the print newspaper industry are all too aware that many people seldom bother to buy a newspaper. In fact, one of the most striking social and cultural transformations of the last decade can be seen on public transport in the morning.
There was a time when you'd get the Dart or the bus and everyone's face was buried in that morning's paper. These days, they're more likely to have their face glued to their phone.
There's an argument that it doesn't really matter what medium you use but that misses a crucial point - the sheer tactile joy of holding a book, a magazine or that day's newspaper in your hands.
We have a growing literacy problem in this country, which is why it is so good to see several adult literacy schemes up and running, and it's also heartening to see that many schools have adopted the 'DARE' programme, which stands for 'drop everything and read.'
Books are, or at least should be, an intrinsic part of our life. Every book we read, even the ones we don't like or throw away in exasperation, opens our minds a little bit more.
But more importantly than that, reading is a crucial part of the family experience. One of my fondest memories is of my late father reading The Hobbit to me in bed when I was a child.
He did the voices and acted out the scenes and, every night, I was brought into a whole other world of hobbits, orcs and dragons.
When I started to read for myself, he used to make me read the page in reverse so he knew I hadn't just memorised the words.
Frankly, there are a few books I've read lately which would probably make more sense if read in reverse, but I was exposed to a simple and pure love for the written word which has never left me.
According to the National Adult Literacy Association (NALA), one-in-six Irish adults have problems with reading.
That's one in six of us who must have truly dreaded school. One in six of us who pretends to their children that they simply don't enjoy books when the reality is that they can't fathom the words in front of them. It must be a terrible affliction for anyone to endure.
Apart from the social awkwardness and practical problems it poses, it also means that one in six of us never take a holiday inside our own head and allow ourselves to be transported to distant worlds by an author we will never meet but who can transform our life with the turning of each page.
With the exception of that one in six who simply aren't in a position to teach their kids to read, there is no excuse for parents to not imbue a love of books in their child.
Frankly, allowing your son or daughter to spend their time on their electronic devices without ever opening a book is an insidious form of child abuse.
Certainly for me, who was an only child until I was 15, books were the gift that kept on giving, and from a young age I always told relatives to get me the same Christmas present - Eason vouchers.
Few things were more rewarding than going into town the day after Christmas with a pocket full of vouchers and returning home laden with a bag of new novels.
As the old man used to say, you'll never be bored as long as you have a book and that remains as true today as it was when I was a kid.
So well done, Mr President - we might have a different approach to politics, but with your full-throated endorsement of the joys of reading you reminded us that you are, after all, one of the good guys.
Despite what you said about Castro...