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Monday 2 March 2015

Obama girls Malia and Sasha unimpressed with holiday in Ireland

US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia Ann (right) and Sasha fight off an unwelcome attack of midges whilst listening to Head Tour Guide George McClafferty explain about the historically important monastic site of Glendalough, Co Wicklow
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia Ann (right) and Sasha fight off an unwelcome attack of midges whilst listening to Head Tour Guide George McClafferty explain about the historically important monastic site of Glendalough, Co Wicklow
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia Ann (right) and Sasha fight off an unwelcome attack of midges whilst listening to Head Tour Guide George McClafferty explain about the historically important monastic site of Glendalough, Co Wicklow
US First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Fionnuala Kenny, wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and her two daughters Malia and Sasha (right) the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance
18/06/2013. Pictured is (centre) Michelle Obama with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is (centre) Michelle Obama with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is Michelle Obama (3rd left) with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round tower, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is (centre) Michelle Obama with her two daughters Malia and Sasha on a visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is (centre) Michelle Obama with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is (centre) Michelle Obama with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
18/06/2013. Pictured is Michelle Obama (3rd left) with her two daughters Malia and Sasha visit Glendalough Valley and Monastic site with Round Tower in County Wicklow, escorted by George McCafferty, Tour Guide. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle (second right) and daughters Sasha (front) and Malia (right) are greeted by Joan Christie, The Queen's official representative in County Antrim, upon arrival at Belfast International Airport, to attend the G8 summit in Enniskillen. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One with his wife Michelle (second right) and daughters Sasha (second left) and Malia (right) upon arrival at Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland, to attend the G8 summit in Enniskillen
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia Ann (right) and Sasha listen to Head Tour Guide George McClafferty explain about the historically important monastic site of Glendalough, Co Wicklow
US First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Fionnuala Kenny, wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and her two daughters Malia and Sasha (right) the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance
US First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Sasha (left) and Malia Ann with Provost of Trinity Dr. Patrick Prendergast during their visit to the Long Hall Library in Trinity, Dublin where they also viewed the World Famous Book of Kells
US First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Sasha (centre) and Malia Ann, view the Obama Family Collection, with Fiona Fitzsimons (right) Director of Eneclann, during their visit to the Long Hall Library in Trinty, Dublin, where they also viewed the World Famous Book of Kells
First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with John Hennessey-Niland, Charge d'affaires at the Embassy of the United States as she arrives at Dublin Airport with her daughters Sasha and Malia Ann
US First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Sasha (centre) and Malia Ann, view the Obama Family Collection, with Fiona Fitzsimons (right) Director of Eneclann, during their visit to the Long Hall Library in Trinty, Dublin, where they also viewed the World Famous Book of Kells
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia Ann (right) and Sasha listen to Head Tour Guide George McClafferty explain about the historically important monastic site of Glendalough, Co Wicklow while he sits on the ancient Deer Stones with St. Kevin's Church and the Round Tower in the background
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: Sasha (L) and Malia Obama, daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama, walk to a limousine after descending from Air Force One with their parents upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha emerge from Air Force One, along with First Lady Michelle and their second daughter Malia, upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia descend from Air Force One upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia descend from Air Force One upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia descend from Air Force One upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia emerge from Air Force One upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 18: Sasha and Malia Obama, daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama, walk to a limousine after descending from Air Force One with their parents upon their arrival at Tegel airport on June 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech tomorrow at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trinity College may have reminded them of Hogwarts, but the Obama children looked like they would have preferred to be at a Harry Potter theme park than poring over dusty documents showing their distant Irish heritage.

The glazed over expressions on the faces of Malia (14) and Sasha (12) during their brief visit to Ireland with First Lady Michelle Obama didn't go unnoticed by the US media.

ABC's Good Morning America featured a segment with the reporter noting that "Even the president's daughters can get a bit bored with history" as they were shown the Book of Kells.

It played a clip of Mrs Obama saying they were "thrilled" to be at a private Riverdance Show in the Gaiety Theatre, with her daughters shown in the audience rubbing their eyes, apparently drowsy after watching another of their parents' speeches.

The ABC news reporter referenced 1980s Chevy Chase movie National Lampoon's European Vacation, where teenagers are bored by the sights of the continent saying: "As they meet with distant Irish cousins how quickly these once in a lifetime experiences can take a turn when the children become about as impressed as the Griswalds".

After the report, anchor George Staphanopoulos quipped: "Oh man, lunch with Bono again?"

RTE News presenter Bryan Dobson later picked up on the Obama daughter's apparent boredom, tweeting: "#spareathoughtforthekids a genealogy lecture, the Book of Kells, Glendalough, a pub lunch with Bono! What was your worst childhood holiday?" He later suggested the girls might have visited Tayto Park instead.

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