This time 16 years ago I was in Washington to see the inauguration of No 42, Bill Clinton.
Like now, it was a freezing January in the city. I can remember all the contrasts. Clinton was a huge fan of the saxophone and could play it some.
Only a couple of weeks ago I would have said Barack Obama was going to win the US presidency in November. John McCain by contrast looked old, tired and very much yesterday’s man. But since the two conventions I have changed my mind and I’m putting my money on McCain at this stage. (more…)
This is a transcript of Brian Cowen’s speech at the Wall Street 50 awards dinner for business people, held under the auspices of Irish America magazine in the plush surroundings of the New York Yacht Club last month. Although I covered his US visit and reported on this speech at the time, I still feel it deserves more attention back home. (more…)