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Being a visiting dignitary in a foreign country must be a baffling experience, especially when you are
subjected treated to a showcase performance of the best talent that country can muster. You probably have to develop the best poker face of all time just to get through some of the weirder moments.
But surely nothing could prepare you for the sights contained within this video. President Obama, in the middle of his visit to Ireland, is treated to a cultural display that involves Daniel Day Lewis, an operatic version of “Danny Boy” and a massive ballad by Westlife, when suddenly, here comes Jedward. Yes, THAT Jedward, with houses for epaulettes. They didn’t even break in and take over. This happened on purpose.
Sadly there is no public record of the President’s reaction, but how he avoided calling an airstrike on those shoulder houses is beyond me.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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