In the middle of all the General Election and exit poll drama last night, 'The Tommy Tiernan Show' was something of an oasis of calm on TVs across the nation last night.
President Michael D. Higgins was the first guest on last night's show and, as you'd expect, he was every bit as considered, learned and warm as always. Discussing everything from the conflicting ideas of Aristotle and Plato, to how he's able to have a conversation on anything, President Higgins and Tiernan chatted themselves up a storm.
— Ciara King (@iamCiaraKing) February 8, 2020
— Danielle Bonner (@bonnersisters) February 8, 2020
Not only that, President Higgins got in the gentlest of digs about "the neighbours" who may or may not be coming to visit Ireland in the near future, saying that "they've discovered greatness again", drawing huge laughs from the audience and Tiernan alike.
Beyond all that, what was clear from the audience and Twitter's reaction was that it really does speak to how good of a show it is that the President of Ireland is willing to turn up, unscripted, and go along with the premise of a free-flowing conversation.
This is absolutely fantastic: the President of Ireland turns up to a live talk show, hosted by a comedian, completely unannounced and unscripted! Where else would you get it?! #miggeldy #TommyTiernanShow
— David F O'Connell (@RedDave14) February 8, 2020
— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) February 8, 2020
Of course, it helps when you've got a President with a brain between his ears who's able to string together a few sentences without saying something stupid or making a fool of himself.
Take a look at this, for example. Could you imagine Donald Trump trying to get through a conversation like this? Could he f*ck.