Left wing member of parliament Clare Daly slammed the Irish response to the Obama's visit as being marked by “unprecedented slobbering.”
The hard left pol offered some harsh comments to Prime Minister Enda Kenny while in the Dail on Wednesday, June 19 regarding the Obamas vist
The Irish Times reports that Dublin North TD Daly accused Enda Kenny of showcasing Ireland “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head.”
She added that she had pondered “whether you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation.”
Daly went on to slam President Obama as a “war criminal,” citing that he is “in essence stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms - and to hell with the thousands more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced.
“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children,” Daly added.
The First Lady and her two daughters toured Dublin as her husband, US President Barack Obama, took part in the G8 Summit in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Daly’s criticisms coincide with reports that Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12, were “bored stiff” with their visit to Dublin.
“It’s really hard to know which is worst,” said Daly, “whether it’s the outpourings of the Obamas themselves or the sycophantic falling over them by sections of the media and the political establishment.”
“We’ve had separate and special news bulletins by the State broadcaster to tell us what Michelle Obama and her daughters had for lunch in Dublin, but very little questioning of the fact that she was having lunch with Mr. Tax Exile himself,” Daly said in reference to the Obamas Dublin luncheon with U2’s Bono.
Taoiseach Kenny was equally as harsh in his retorts to Daly’s comments. “I think your comments are disgraceful,” said Kenny.
“I think they do down the pride of Irish people all over the world who are more than happy to see this island being host to the G8. ”
The Taoiseach added, “And for you to stand up and criticize the American president for giving a continuation of support for a fragile peace process in Northern Ireland, where over 3,000 people lost their lives in 30 years, is a disgraceful do-down.”
Daly asked how the Taoiseach would ensure that Shannon Airport would not be used as a funnel for weapons to be transported from the US to Syria, as it would be in breach of Ireland’s neutrality.
“What steps are you going to take to showcase this country, not as a lapdog of US imperialism, but as an independent nation with an independent foreign policy which takes a lead in international diplomacy to outlaw the use of drones?”
The Taoiseach noted that there was a serious discussion about Syria at the G8 summit. “Ireland took a very clear position on this as articulated by the Tánaiste - that the embargo should not be lifted.”
Leaders Questions on the G8 and the visit of the Obamas to Ireland: