THROUGHOUT their momentous visit, the Obama children knew they were under the media glare.
Sasha (12) and Malia (14) displayed a sense of composure and elegance rarely seen in teenagers.
In fact, one US news programme raised eyebrows by suggesting the Obama sisters were finding their trip slightly dull.
ABC's Good Morning America programme tweeted: "Sasha and Malia Obama don't seem too impressed with their trip to Ireland. What's the worst family holiday you've been on?"
The US station dedicated a segment of its flagship programme to the tour Michelle and her daughters undertook this week.
The trio attended a genealogy lecture, paid a visit to Trinity College and took a trip to picturesque Glendalough and Dalkey.
The report shows Malia looking uninterested as the family viewed the Book of Kells at Trinity.
And the cameras also showed an agitated Sasha in Glendalough as she tried to fend off midges.
But behind the cameras, those who spent time with the Obama children painted an entirely different picture.
When the media were at bay in Glendalough, the young sisters were laughing as they skimmed stones across the Upper Lake.
"They absolutely loved the lake. They picked up stones and they skimmed on the lake," tour guide George McClafferty said.
"Everything was relaxed. Michelle was so interested, and the girls as well.
"They asked questions about the monastery, about the area, about the people who live here, where they work, where they go to school and that sort of thing."
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