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There's No One as Irish as Barack Obama 2012

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The American election cycle is notoriously elongated, but it seems the Irish are nudging us to get a move on, already! Today is the beginning of Irish-American Heritage Month and rumors are buzzing that President Obama will visit Ireland in May, one hopes with a trip to his ancestral hometown of Moneygall where he can raise a pint in Ollie Hayes's pub.

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If so, it's a given that the Corrigan Brothers will entertain all present with their 2012 election version of There's No One as Irish as Barack Obama, which includes a shout-out to yours truly and Stephen Neill for our genealogical sleuthing. I salute the Corrigan Brothers not only for the song itself (consider yourself warned - it's infectious), but also for managing to slip a name like "Smolenyak" in there. That couldn't have been easy.

And just in case you're the kind who, like myself, requires a little "too ra loo ra loo ral" guidance, here are the lyrics:

Toor a Loo toor a loo toor a loo toor a lama
Our Irish President Barack Obama

You must believe it
He's here to stay
The Irish President
Will have his day
Forget the tea party
And all their drama
In two thousand and twelve
It's Barack Obama

So Megan Smo lenyak
And Stephen Neill
What a family tree
you did reveal
From Moneygall town
In old Offally
The President's roots
And his family

O'Leary O'Reilly O'Hare and O'Hara
Vote Irish and President Barack Obama

He's as Irish as River Dance
Guinness and Joyce
Two thousand and twelve
There's only one choice
From Boston to Austin
And up to Montana
They'll be voting for
President Barack Obama

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Vote Irish and President Barack Obama

From the green glens of Antrim
To old Lisdoonvarna
There's one Irish President
Barack Obama

He fought like a tiger
Healthcare was his aim
He took on the bankers
At their own game
Justice for all
That is his goal
President Obama's
Got Irish Soul

Toor a Loo toor a loo toor a loo toor a lama
Our Irish President Barack Obama

Two thousand and twelve
The shamrock will flow
When our famous President
Gives it a go
And old Sarah Palin
Well her destiny
A reality show
On cable tv

O'Leary O'Reilly O'Hare and O'Hara
Vote Irish and President Barack Obama

O'Leary O'Reilly O'Hare and O'Hara
Vote Irish and President Barack Obama

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