SLIGO, Ireland – While President Obama is busy at the G8 Summit, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are off exploring their family’s Irish roots.
Visiting Trinity College in Dublin this afternoon, the first family viewed archives documenting the president’s Irish family tree.
“The girls had a chance to… trace their Irish lineage, which was a very powerful thing to find out that these girls that were born on the South Side of Chicago can trace their roots back here to Ireland, way back to the 1600s,” the first lady said. “That was very powerful for me, as their mother, and hopefully it will be something that they cherish for the rest of their lives.”
President Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather was born in the village of Moneygall, where some of his distant relatives still live.
The president and first lady visited the village in 2011, where the president met his eighth cousin, Henry Healy, who has since become known as “Henry the Eighth.”
“We knew he was my cousin because his ears flapped out just like mine,” Obama joked earlier today, as he recalled the visit.
It appears Healy had another opportunity to bond with his famous relatives today. “Just met with @FLOTUS & Malia & Sasha” Healy tweeted from Dublin. “I presented Malia & Sasha with a Cert of Irish Heritage earlier! Great reaction from Sasha ‘I can prove I’m more Irish than my friends now.’”
Healy has been embraced by the first family. He spent St. Patrick’s Day at the White House last year and accompanied the president for a pint at a popular local pub in Washington.