Thursday, January 20, 2011

Attention US State Department and White House

You have a gatecrasher coming on 17 March, 2011.  A "Mr Brian Cowen" will appear at the White House gate on that date with a bowl of shamrock claiming that it is a traditional gift for the President.   Your protocol staff should note that this gentleman will have led his political party to a crashing defeat in Ireland's general election on March 11, having failed to defer the election until March 25. 

Thus he will be seeking entry as caretaker prime minister of the country, with parliament not yet having reconvened to vote on a new government, but with him having hung on in that caretaker capacity since 20 January, 2011.  To preserve the dignity of Ireland and the USA, he should not be let in.

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