US President Barack Obama started out as a community worker and he's here in Ireland today! His people hailed from Offaly.
Many see him as a true hero and an inspiration to members of minorities everywhere, others see him as a puppet of the military-industrial complex and Wall Street. The truth includes elements of both perspectives and some more.
However, it is due to his background as a community worker that we decided to feature him in Spring 2009 on our front cover after he was elected US President.
Obama is known to have an interest (to quote Jesse Jackson among others who know him well) in the issue of Traveller rights in Ireland and it was in connection with a Traveller story that we published his photo.
For the record, click here for a link to the full PDF edition of the Obama edition.