WATCH: Sean Gallagher's 60-second presidential pitch is not getting the reaction he would have wanted
There's no kind way to say this.
Sean Gallagher is running for president of Ireland, but his most recent appeal to the public has fallen somewhat flat.
On October 26, Irish people will go to the polls to decide on their president for the next seven years. Gallagher ran Michael D. Higgins close in 2011, and hopes to go one better this time around.
Over the weekend, after a similar video from the current incumbent Michael D Higgins, RTÉ published a 60-second pitch by Gallagher on why he should be president, and to say that the video rambles would be pretty generous.
Quotes like "we soared above giants in Croke Park" and "I, like many, have overcome adversity, but that is not my story, that is your story" just didn't really make any sense, and people have not been forgiving.
Seán Gallagher gives his presidential pitch in 60 seconds or less pic.twitter.com/ftD8mfhE64
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 7, 2018
Unfortunately for Gallagher, social media has been particularly savage in its treatment of the video.
I've met and interviewed Sean Gallagher a few times. I've found him sincere and affable. I cannot fathom who thought this speech was worth sharing. https://t.co/hRP4xlvHZJ
— Dermot Keyes (@DermotKeyes) October 7, 2018
Seán Gallagher had SEVEN YEARS to think up what he was going to say during this Presidential Election and then he settled on the most banal and cringe-inducing string of cliches known to the Irish psyche.
— Darren O'Keeffe (@darrenjokeeffe) October 7, 2018
Please tell me this is a joke 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Comedy Gold 😂
— Karl (@KarloMaz) October 7, 2018
— Ottomania (@SpartanPaddy) October 7, 2018
Later this month, Gallagher will appear on the ballot alongside the incumbent Higgins — as well as Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, Senator Joan Freeman, and other businessmen and reality TV personalities Gavin Duffy and Peter Casey.