White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations
June 5th, 2014
03:34 PM ET
4 months ago

White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations

Washington (CNN) – Move along, nothing to see here.

That's the message President Barack Obama and his administration are sending with its most recent ambassadorial nominations after facing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats over the questionable credentials of some recent picks to represent the United States abroad.

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Filed under: Ireland • Obama administration • White House
Biden's heading to Ireland?
March 14th, 2014
07:14 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden's heading to Ireland?

(CNN) – After some high-level lobbying, it appears that Vice President Joe Biden might soon be headed to Ireland.

“Biden wants to come to Ireland,” President Barack Obama said at the end of a meeting in the Oval Office with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Friday.

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Filed under: Ireland • Joe Biden
Obama's Irish roots
June 18th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year ago

First family (minus the president) lunch with Bono

(CNN) – What's a visit to Ireland without a pub lunch alongside Bono?

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia partook in the quintessentially Irish experience Tuesday, joining the U2 front-man at Finnegan's restaurant in Dalkey, a posh suburb south of Dublin. Bono and the Obamas arrived and left the restaurant separately.

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Filed under: Ireland • Michelle Obama
Demonstrators protest G8 summit
June 17th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
1 year ago

G8 summit starts with talk of trade deal

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(CNN) – The first round of negotiations for a possible new trans-Atlantic trade deal between the United States and the European Union will take place next month in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland. "I believe that we can form an economic alliance as strong as our diplomatic and security alliances," President Obama said.

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Filed under: Ireland • President Obama • Trade
Clinton defends Rice, pushes off 2016 speculation
December 6th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton defends Rice, pushes off 2016 speculation

(CNN) – On one of her last official foreign trips as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton emphasized her support of the embattled UN Ambassador Susan Rice and brushed off speculation about her and her husband former President Bill Clinton's future plans.

Republican criticism of Rice following the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead has complicated the possibility President Barack Obama might nominate her to replace Clinton as secretary of state. At issue are talking points Rice conveyed on the Sunday public affairs television shows following the attack which did not label the assault a deliberate act by terrorists. Critics have said she knowingly misled the public while Rice and the White House maintain she made clear the information provided was based on the best intelligence available at the time.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Ireland
March 20th, 2012
09:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama jabs 'birthers' with Irish certificate

(CNN) - While receiving a formal certificate of Irish heritage at a St. Patrick's Day celebration on Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn't miss a beat in taking a jab at the so-called "birther" movement.

"This will have a special place of honor alongside my birth certificate," he joked, to great laughter.
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Filed under: Ireland • President Obama • White House
Obama arrives in Ireland
May 23rd, 2011
08:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama arrives in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland (CNN) - President Barack Obama met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Ireland on Monday on the first stop of a six-day, four-country European tour.

Obama praised Ireland for its work on issues of peace, security and human rights. In a meeting with Kenny, Obama cited Ireland's contribution in particular to an agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland.

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Filed under: Ireland • President Obama
March 17th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama marks St. Patrick's Day with Irish leader

President Obama met with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen on St. Patrick's Day.
President Obama met with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen on St. Patrick's Day.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama marked St. Patrick's Day Wednesday by welcoming the Irish prime minister to the White House.

The president, who wore a light green necktie for the occasion, noted the numerous contributions made by Irish Americans to the development of the United States. He also thanked the government in Dublin for its work in promoting the peace process in Northern Ireland, as well as its cooperation on issues tied to the push for greater global economic stability.

"Thirty-six million Americans claim Irish ancestry," Obama said. "I'm sure more do on St. Patrick's Day. And it's a testament I think to how close our two countries are that America has been shaped culturally, politically, economically, by the incredible contributions of Irish-Americans. Those bonds endure."

In an apparent allusion to the acrimonious health care debate on Capitol Hill, Prime Minister Brian Cowen joked that he had decided to come to Washington during a quiet week. He also thanked Obama for his leadership, calling him the leader of the free world.

The two men were later hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a luncheon on Capitol Hill.


Filed under: Ireland • President Obama
March 17th, 2010
07:25 AM ET
5 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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