Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Obama notes Irish roots

President Barack Obama noted that he discovered his distant Irish roots only while campaigning to become president. He made the remarks while greeting Irish Ambassador Michael Collins at the Oval Office today.

"My mother's family can be traced back to Ireland," President Obama said, "and it turns out that our first Irish ancestor came from the same county that Taoiseach once represented. So we may be cousins. We haven't sorted that through yet. But even if blood we're not related by culture and affinity ... by friendship we are certainly related."

"Although I think it's wonderful that you visited the Oval Office and Washington, what you're really missing out is the South Side Irish Parade in Chicago, which I think is one of the great events," Obama said.

The president also mentioned the recent violence in Northern Ireland and called for peace to prevail.

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