March 17th, 2010
07:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Presidential shamrock ceremony had inauspicious beginning

President Obama and Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen take part in a Shamrock Ceremony March 17, 2009.
President Obama and Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen take part in a Shamrock Ceremony March 17, 2009.

(CNN) - It was a balmy March day in Washington as the Irish ambassador to the U.S. headed to the White House. He carried a small gift for the president: a box of Irish shamrock, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

The year was 1952. The president, Harry Truman, was out of town. So the ambassador, John Joseph Hearne, dropped off the shamrock and went on his way.

Such was the inauspicious inception of what's become a perennial event: the St. Patrick's Day shamrock ceremony, in which the U.S. president receives a cluster of Ireland's most famous greenery on the feast day of Ireland's patron saint.

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  1. Willy Brown

    Is Barry trying to push health care too?

    March 17, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Apparently the president has kissed the blarney stone once to often. He said in the big speech in Cleveland that the employers cost to provide health care insurance would decrease by $3,000. All objective analysis shows this to be, surprise, once again a flat out lie. One more to the ever growing list enjoyed by the lyingest, most corrupt president we have ever had.

    March 17, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    So now I hear that Obama is saying he spent a portion of his childhood in Ireland. Hillary too, of course...

    March 17, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |