Obama Marks St. Patrick's Day With Pint In A Pub

His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness.

President Barack Obama tilted back a glass of the dark Irish brew Saturday, observing St. Patrick's Day at a boisterous Irish pub with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall, Ireland, at his side.

At the White House, the main South Lawn Fountain burbled green water. Nearby, workers prepared for a visit Tuesday by the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

The first family was putting on its Irish, a blood line that runs through Obama's veins.

Obama took his motorcade to the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on a dazzling Saturday afternoon. He wore no Kelly green but his jacket was pierced with a button that read, "VIP GUEST -- Tell `em Danny sent you." The president waded into a crowd -- some in leprechaun hats and others in dyed green hair -- at the entrance of the tavern near Washington's landmark Union Station.

He wished one reveler, Adam Joseph, a happy 29th birthday.

Reporters were ushered into the pub briefly, long enough to catch the president taking two sips of his beer. The thick foam stuck to his upper lip in a thin mustache.

One of Obama's great-great-great grandfathers on his Kansas mother's side was Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker who emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1850. Last year, Obama visited his ancestral home of Moneygall, a small hamlet in Ireland, and was a hit when he drank a Guinness at the local pub.

On Saturday, the owner of that pub, Ollie Hayes, and Henry Healy, an eighth cousin to Obama and the closest relative still living in Moneygall, joined him barside at the Dubliner as his guests.

Some in the bar crowd chanted "Four more years!"

Dubliner owner Danny Coleman said the president finished his beer, and predicted that, at least on this day, Obama could count on the support of the millions of Americans who claim Irish ancestry.

On Tuesday, Obama and Vice President Biden will meet the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and attend a St. Patrick's Day lunch at the Capitol. Then the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host an evening reception at the White House.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
    Other than the fact that a decent human being doesn't do this kind of thing to the security people charged with their protection, I couldn't care less. The man's entitled to have a beer when he wants, it's a free country (unless he has some more to say about it) and tossing back a cold one in moderation is a fine American tradition. What is not cool is, with probably no notice, he entered an unsecured building with dozens or hundreds of potential threats. It's a crappy thing to do to a security detail. If a guy's willing to take a bullet for you, a little respect is obviously in order. But, according to insider stories, he and his wife have never had respect for the people that would die to protect them.
  • by labbrat on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
    A beer swilling president. That's a nice image for the kids. Let's encourage them to be alcoholics. "It's okay Mommy, cause the President does it"!
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      by Amommamoose on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to labbrat
      Yeah cause they don't see it advertised on TV all day long. Just because Obama drinks a beer the entire country will start drinking all of the sudden.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to labbrat
      At least he's not a coke-fiend like the last President.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to
        You must not have read his book, then.
  • by obamanot on Mar 18, 2012 at 06:49 PM
    Leave the guy alone people.We all know those people can't handle much beer before they go crazy and start robbing us blind.Leave it be.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
    Next Cinco de Mayo he will go to a pub in Tiajuana.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM in reply to
      Obamie says the border is safe. Eric Holder says the border is safe. Janet Napalitano says the border is safe. The border must be safe. Right?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    Obama does not look much like his cousin...
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Mar 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    Is he going to proclaim on July fourth that someone of his way numerous relatives actually was the black smith that put the shoes on the pony Yankee Doodle went to town on? or MAYBE? he will claim to have raised the Easter Bunny with leftover lettuce from his dinner table when he was growing up.
  • by Big deal Location: Enc on Mar 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Trying to make an issue out of the President stopping by a pub and having a beer, on St Patrick's day, is ridiculous. No wonder we have a republican contest that is going nowhere fast.
  • by r.a spellman Location: ec on Mar 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I would like to know how much this public relations stunt cost the taxpayers.I am black and voted for obama the first time. It dont matter who you vote for now.They are all crooks.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Lets make sure that this is the last Saint Patty's day Barack is the president of the United States.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    must be nice out having fun and most americans have 2 to 3 jobs to support there family.
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      by Really? on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:57 PM in reply to
      Oh get off it, already. "Most Americans have 2 to 3 jobs" - really?! Show me the statistics on that. Times are hard for many, that's for sure, but you exaggerate. And even those working 2 -3 jobs, I guarantee you they still have fun, or if offered the chance to raise a pint, they'd be the first in line to do so. Give it a rest and find something more worthy to pick on.

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