Ranelagh, Dublin 6, just now.
(Pix: Oisín Kane)
Worse than the fuppin’ Kennedys.
(Eamon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming: To seek congressional authorisation before taking military action in Syria.
The stunning about-face after a week of U.S. saber rattling risked not only igniting a protracted congressional fight, which could end with a vote against strikes, but a backlash from allies in the Middle East who had warned the White House that inaction would embolden not only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but his closest allies, Iran and Hezbollah.
Pic: White House
He said in order to defend our own freedom he needed to fight for gay equality.
‘When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters…we defend our own liberty as well.”
The reference is an echo to his inaugural address in 2013, when Obama said the journey is not complete until LGBT people are treated like anyone else under the law.
President Obama (top) at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, today with Angela Merkel (right), who opposes marriage equality.
Or a great speech for Northern Ireland?
Obama’s address at Waterfront Hall, Belfast, yesterday (highlights above).
I have just watched the whole of Obama’s speech in Belfast on UTV. player…It is so unbelievably patronising….I can’t believe that even he isn’t embarrassed.
Full speech here
He reads your emails.