Obama’s hero mentioned in his address alongside Daniel O’Connell..
Slave turned social reformer and statesman. Spent some time in Cork.
Of which he wrote:
“No one seemed to be shocked or disturbed at my dark presence . No one seemed to feel himself contaminated by contact with me. I think it would be difficult to get the same number of persons together in any of our New England cities, without some democratic nose growing deformed at my approach. But then you know white people in America are whiter purer and better than the people here. This accounts for it!”