Obama says US and Ireland have ‘blood link’

DUBLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama said today that the U.S. and Ireland share a “blood link” that extends beyond strategic interests or foreign policy into the hearts of the millions of Irish Americans who still see a homeland here. And though Obama didn’t mention it in brief comments alongside the Irish prime minister shortly after arriving in Dublin, that blood link extends to the president himself. Obama was to set out later in the day for Moneygall, the tiny village in County Offaly that is the improbable ancestral homeland of Obama’s great-great-great grandfather on his Kansas-born mother’s side.

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