During his visit to Ireland this week, President Joe Biden has been welcomed with open arms and immense adoration from the public. Photos of his smiling face adorn shop windows, and enthusiastic well-wishers line the streets to catch a glimpse of the president. Despite his low approval ratings in the United States, Biden’s reception in Ireland has been overwhelmingly positive.

On Friday, Biden is set to visit County Mayo in western Ireland, where his great-great-grandfather Patrick Blewitt lived before emigrating to the United States in 1850. The local community has eagerly prepared for the president’s arrival, painting buildings and hanging American flags from storefronts.

This adoration of American presidents during overseas visits is not uncommon. As presidential historian Douglas Brinkley notes, the American president is often considered a highly coveted global figure, with only the pope receiving a similar level of international admiration.

Source: washingtontimes.com