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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 17th Mar '09 11:05 AM


The Rooney family is such a big part of Pittsburgh, its nice to see Dan Rooney honored in this way.

On St. Patrick's Day, President Obama announced that he is nominating Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney to be the US ambassador to Ireland.

“I am honored and grateful that such a dedicated and accomplished individual has agreed to serve as the representative of the United States to the Irish people. Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education, and I have every confidence that he and Secretary Clinton will ensure America’s continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead,” Obama said in a statement.

Rooney also provided a key endorsement to Obama during the Democratic primaries. (His mini-biography, provided by the White House, is below.)

Obama plans to meet today in the Oval Office with Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen, one of a series of St. Patrick's Day observances on the president's schedule. He will also meet with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

In the afternoon, Obama will speak at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s St. Patrick’s Day lunch, then this evening will deliver remarks at St. Patrick’s Day receptions held in the East Room and the State Dining Room.

The Associated Press also reports that the water in the fountains on the north and south lawns of the White House has been dyed green to mark the national holiday of Ireland. First Lady Michelle Obama brought the idea from Chicago, where the city marks the holiday by dyeing the river green.

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