Mr Obama said it is 'heartwarming' to be in Ireland. 'We are glad to see progress is being made in stabilising the economic situation here.' 'The friendship and the bond between Ireland and the US could not be stronger. 'Obviously it is not just a matter of strategic interests. It's not just a matter of foreign policy, for the United States and Ireland carries a blood lineage. 'For millions of Irish-Americans this continues to symbolise the homeland and the extraordinary traditions of an extraordinary people.'