Published Sunday, 16 June 2013
Fourteen hours in the studio watching incredible images. We thought they would never be repeated.
That visit started with a visit to the Mackies factory in West Belfast.
This time Barack Obama will address 1,500 young people and 500 others at the Waterfront.
The Mackies speech worked and the American handlers recognise a winning formula when they see one.
The President's speech will focus on a shared future and bringing down the peace walls.
Of course, it will be delivered in the impressive style which marked Obama's address in Dublin, so expect a little humour.
Having been at a number of recent White House Irish receptions, the President knows how to handle a crowd.
Maybe not quite as enchanting as Clinton, he is not far behind.
Yet in private, it is reliably reported, he seems a solitary figure at times in the White House.
After the euphoria of his election, it was not long before the economic problems were taking their toll.
But he managed re-election last year and he is still a classy operator.
Those lucky enough to have a ticket for the Waterfront are very lucky.
The memories will last a very long time.
And there is even the bonus of a few words from the First Lady.
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