Obama Irish – President Obama, whose Irish lineage and Guinness-drinking cred were confirmed on a visit to Ireland last May, dropped in at a bar on St. Patrick’s Day to sip another pint of Guinness and banter with patrons.
Mr. Obama, the White House said, was accompanied by Henry Healy, a distant cousin whom the president met in his ancestral village of Moneygall, as well as Ollie Hayes, the owner of the bar in that town, where Mr. Obama had his pint. The moment has been memorialized in a postcard with his photo and the words, “Tall, Dark, and Had Some.”
The scene at the Dubliner, a popular Washington bar, was not as evocative of the old country, according to a pool report, with one woman loudly asking the president to “sign my face” (he declined) and a basketball game playing on a large television above his head.
On Friday, Mr. Obama told a crowd at a fund-raiser in Chicago that he was sorry he could not spend St. Patrick’s Day in his hometown, where they know how to celebrate the holiday. Still, he was raucously cheered at the Dubliner, where the crowd jostled for handshakes and broke into cries of “Four More Years!” and “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”