March 17th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama raises a pint

Washington (CNN) – It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of Guinness, even for the commander-in-chief.

President Barack Obama’s motorcade made the mile-and-a-half trip to the The Dubliner, a well-known Capitol Hill pub, at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday – early by normal standards, but just on time for most St. Patrick’s Day partiers.

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The president enjoyed a Guinness, a classic (if slightly uninspired) choice for the holiday, and spent time shaking hands with other pub-goers, many of whom were wearing green top hats and wigs. At one point he raised his pint to toast the crowd.

The president sported a moss-colored fleece jacket over an open-collared white shirt, enough to avoid pinches from enthusiastic revelers.

Obama’s Irish roots have been well explored in the three years he’s been in office. In May 2011 he visited Moneygall, in central Ireland, to visit the town his great-great-great grandfather emigrated from in the nineteenth century.

The Irish Taoiseach (prime minister), Enda Kenny, will visit Obama in Washington on Tuesday, and attend a belated St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol. In the evening the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House.

Aside from the Guinness run, Obama and his family marked the Irish holiday by dying the water in the South Lawn fountain green.

Obama’s reelection campaign also got into the holiday mood Saturday, offering a special price on green t-shirts proclaiming: ‘I (shamrock) O’Bama.”

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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. phil

    No Jameson to top off the Guiness? ..oops sorry..I forgot he has make a miracle or two trying to fix a broken country from imploding ..better to keep a clear head and focus on beating the dog snot out of the Repukes in November ..go git em Mr.President

    March 18, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Larry L


    "For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed to be Irish."
    I'm embarrassed that you're Irish as well. Most Irish would appreciate the President taking time to celebrate an Irish tradition – since he 's always shown himself to be a President for all Americans – not just the Fox News hate club.

    March 18, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Look no further than the insanely ignorant, hateful, racist comments that the right-wingers leave here to fully understand what is wrong with our country. It's called "conservatism", and it's a disease, a cancer that will hopefully be eradicated someday. If you truly care about America and her future, never vote for a Republican again.

    March 18, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. catmomtx

    Now you know when Republicans are jealous and completely out of control when they start talking about the President taking a half hour trip down the street a vacation!

    March 18, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Name Essie

    All I will say is...OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    March 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. catmomtx

    Gaylon Barrow

    Politicing always while we fill the bill.

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????So you don't want a President who is comfortable with the average American? You would rather one holed up in the White House only listening to the people who sing his praises and are dependent on him for their job?

    March 18, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    As I listen to the Republican debates, I just shake my head in amazement!! Romney is on all sides of everything and would say anything to be president. Santorum is so crazy that he would take women back to the 1950's – no education, no birth control, obey your husbands and stay barefoot and pregnant. Gingrich, his colony on the moon and his third marriage? Ron Paul, a good man, but like my crazy uncle. Rush Limbaugh and Gordon Norquist – how did these two ever gain any influence? Now sitting in the White House is a good and decent man – highly educated, intelligent and with the very best wishes for this county in his heart. First, Mitch McConnell said the R's main objective was to make the President fail, knowing the county would thus fail. He has had to deal with Fox News, who has geat difficulty with the truth, the Tea Partiers who, hopefully, will be sent home after the November election and a House of Representatives who have done everything possible to stop any kind of progress. My vote goes to the President who can "raise a pint on St. Patty's Day" and who is logical and sensible and makes me proud to have such a man representing my country. Obama in November.

    March 18, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. BD70

    Go Obama! And those who are ashamed to be irish because of Obama...ever hear of the black irish? Irish are not just red haired green eyed people. I am proud of Obama that he can get down with us and celebrate. Like someone else said...can't see any of the current republican candidates doing that.

    March 18, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Fair + Balanced

    Just like his Irish ancestors.

    March 18, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. lyn

    President Obama I am proud to have you as our President, and GOP's that's how we Irish have a great party. _____ OBAMA Biden 2012"

    March 18, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    No Jameson to top off the Guiness? ..oops sorry..I forgot he has make a miracle or two trying to fix a broken country from imploding ...
    Fixing what is broken with our federal government will not take two miracles or even one. But you have to start with an understanding of economics and the role of the federal government in America. Obama missed the boat on both counts. And he's not up to admitting he was wrong on buying an economy back to life or the impact of an overspending government. $6 trillion later and he is still stuck on Plan A. No thanks. We've had all the Plan A we ( and the next few generations of Americans ) can afford. Let's just go with proven economics, experience and capability. Romney 2012!

    March 18, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. nlytendmynd

    Why was there a baby in the bar????????

    March 18, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. EJS

    Well done, Mr. President. I'm with you all the way!

    March 18, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. WD

    A black guy drinking Guiness in an Irish pub. That's something ya don't see everyday!

    March 18, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Melissa

    It's really annoying that people think this latest stunt makes Obama a better President. It really goes to show where we are (as a nation) when it comes to critical thinking skills. It's very disturbing and I hope that maybe we as older adults can do *something* to make sure the generation after Millenials isn't so....dumb.

    March 18, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Get Real

    I am not an Obama fan, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it is cool that he celebrated with a pint. Personally, I wouldn't have minded if they reported that he got drunk out of his gourd at the Kegs N Eggs celebration that morning. It is a tough job, and he deserves his days off, vacations and holidays. Anyone foaming at the mouth over this, needs their head check. Cheers, Mr President.

    March 18, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Boytjie

    Didn't the Republicans say they elected GWB because he was someone you could have a beer with?
    Well, with him they couldn't have a beer – him being sober – so they should like Obama, he actually drinks beer.

    March 18, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. jody

    Southern Lady in North Carolina–I could not not had said it better. President Obama is a good and decent man who is doing a great job and will bring this country back to greatness. With so many fighting against him–my senator, mitch mcconnell (notice I used small letters to type his name) stating he wanted him to fail–it is amazing the President keeps his wits and sense of humor. This is to four more years –Obama-Biden 2012. From another Southern Lady in Kentucky.

    Oh!!!! Go Big Blue!!!!!!

    March 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. jody

    I forgot to add this–I'm proud black Irish.

    March 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. TheZel

    The Irish and African Americans have so much in common with regard to this country's founding. Both were treated like 2nd class citizens, but built this great country with their blood sweat and tears. Happy Saint Patty's Day.

    March 18, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. NallivdaM

    Wow, just let the guy enjoy a drink.

    March 18, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. OIF Vet

    CHEERS!!! Obama/Biden 2012

    March 18, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. lj

    I wonder how much all that cost the taxpayers.

    March 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama must bring his democrat party buddy- Marion Barry.

    March 18, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. hamsta

    history will name obama as the worst unamerican president ever,just wait and see.what happens in the dark eventually comes to light.

    March 18, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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