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"I finished the pint, so if anybody asks!" - a behind the scenes look at Obama's Ireland visit

Watch how Enda Kenny praises Michelle Obama’s “lovely” writing, Obama sinks his pint and practices his cúpla focal prior to his rousing speech on College Green.

Obama speaks to the punters at Ollie Hayes in Moneygall on Monday.
Obama speaks to the punters at Ollie Hayes in Moneygall on Monday.
Image: Screengrab via YouTube.

ACCOMPANYING BARACK OBAMA on his historic visit to Ireland this week was his trusty White House videographer who films almost every step of his public engagements around the globe.

With unique behind the scenes access Arun Chaudhary, profiled here in The New York Times, captures those moments involving the president that you sometimes don’t see.

And it was no different when Obama and First Lady Michelle spent the day in Ireland on Monday.

The camera captures Obama inside his ancestral home in Moneygall as well as video evidence of the 44th president finishing his pint of Guinness at Ollie Hayes pub.

The video also features our Taoiseach Enda Kenny rather strangely praising Michelle Obama’s handwriting as well giving Obama last minute tips on how to say the word ‘friends’ in Irish as the president seemed more than a little nervous about showing off his cúpla focal on College Green.

Watch it here between 1:55 and 4:08:

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