Obama says US and Ireland have 'blood link'

President Barack Obama, left, greets Ireland's President Mary McAleese at the Presidential Residence in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, May 23, 2011. President Barack Obama opens a six-day European tour with a quick dash through Ireland, where he will celebrate his own Irish roots and look to give a boost to a nation grappling with the fallout from its financial collapse. (AP Photo/Pool)

May 23, 2011 6:21:08 AM PDT
President Barack Obama said Monday that the U.S. and Ireland share a "blood link" that extends beyond strategic interests or foreign policy into the hearts of the millions of Irish Americans who still see a homeland here.