I’ve missed Obama visiting the UK, which is a shame. The US security service made the entire population of Obama’s hometown in Ireland go out and come back in again through metal detectors, and the one old lady who refused was apparently kept away from the visit.
They also sent several thousand litres of paint to the houses Obama was visiting so that the street wouldn’t look so depressing. It’s a bit like when the Queen goes to the Royal Film Performance, and they fill the cinema with flowers. She must think it’s a lovely experience for us all to go to the pictures, all those flowers. She’s obviously never been to the Odeon Holloway on a Saturday night.
I loved the bit where ‘The Beast’, the terrifying presidential vehicle, was grounded by an Irish speed bump, though.
I’m reminded of the lovely book ‘The Tin Men’ by Michael Frayn, in which a scientific institute braces itself for a ‘low key’ royal visit that goes spectacularly wrong.