By Eugene McGloin
THE GRANDSON of a Sligo economic emigrant got one of the highest honours in the free world yesterday, Friday.
Mike Pence was sworn in as 48th Vice President of the United States just after 4.45pm, Irish time.
Minutes later his mentor Donald Trump placed his hand on two bibles and was sworn in as the 45th President of the Republic.
teenager Jackie Evancho showed poise beyond her years with a stirring
singing for the podium of the ''Star Spangled Banner.''
the two main men were toasted at a luncheon in the famed Statuary Hall
in Washington which was attended by Bill Clinton and Hillary.
In proposing the toast a colleague described Mr Pence as ''a happy warrior.''
He described the difference in their style and that of opponents: ''We play rugby, they play golf.''
the luncheon Mr Pence was also formally presented with one of the flags
which flew above the American capital yesterday morning.
didn't play too much rugby when Mike Pence grandfather left Tubbercurry
in South Sligo in 1923, right after Ireland's Civil War.
Richard Michael Cawley crossed the ocean to work on buses in Chicago.
was forgettable blue collar labour; besides America most remembers 1923
as the year Warren Harding died just two years into his White House
Cawley could hardly ever have
perchanced to dream his own grandson Mike Pence would parade
Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day one January.
afternoon, Pence did just that and he was cheered, loudly too, after he
got out to walk part of the route to his new job, white collar in the
Mike Pence and his wife Karen walked just ahead of a parading band of firefighters yesterday.
Visible too as the couple walked and waved was a brace of big Irish Tricolours just behind them.
Not surprising as Pence himself has always spoken proudly of his Irish ancestry, rooted in Sligo and Clare he said.
from being the new Vice President, Pence was installed after the
November election shock as head of Donald Trump's transition team.
surprising then that the new President clapped and cheered and touched
Mr Pence several times as the pair rewrote modern political history
The new doctrine is. ''America
First,'' a contrast with the past century which, if implemented, find
some (uneasy) echoes in every corner of the Earth.
Last night Pence and Trump were side by side as the new President signed his first documents in the Oval Office last night.
this morning's London Tmes has a wraparound souvenir photo of both
men and both their wives, Karen and Melania, on the biggest day of all