The Barack Obama Reel was composed by Peadar Ó Reada, submitted here with his kind permission.
I’m not sure what "key" this is in.. To my ear it seems to shift its tonal center around from D to G. I transcribed it from the recording 3/Triúr Sa Draighean with Peadar, Martin Hayes and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh.
On his website at http://www.peadaroriada.ie/ Peadar writes: “This tune came about during the week when we first came together in April 2009. Obama was
very much in the news and as I admired his intelligence and ability I felt that he would be a graceful dancer. In the course of our antics and tunes Martin mentioned that he heard that Obama did a workout every morning and finished off to the music of the Irish band Lúnasa on his iPod. “Aha” says I to myself, “what kind of sound would get his toes tapping.” Then this tune came to me. If he ever hears it I wonder will its tonality and rhythm, which he caused, fit his ear and find rhythm in his feet!”