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WASHINGTON (AP) — His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness.
The first family was putting on its Irish, a blood line that runs through Obama’s veins.
Obama took his motorcade to the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on a dazzling Saturday afternoon. He wore no Kelly green but his jacket was pierced with a button that read, “VIP GUEST — Tell ‘em Danny sent you.” The president waded into a crowd — some in leprechaun hats and others in dyed green hair — at the entrance of the tavern near Washington’s landmark Union Station.
He wished one reveler, Adam Joseph, a happy 29th birthday.
Reporters were ushered into the pub briefly, long enough to catch the president taking two sips of his beer. The thick foam stuck to his upper lip in a thin mustache. And he held Dubliner owner Danny Coleman’s 21-month-old grandson, Danny, in his arms.
One of Obama’s great-great-great grandfathers on his Kansas mother’s side was Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker who emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1850. Last year, Obama visited his ancestral home of Moneygall, a small hamlet in Ireland, and was a hit when he drank a Guinness at the local pub.
Some in the bar crowd chanted “Four more years!”
On Tuesday, Obama and Vice President Biden will meet Kenny and attend a St. Patrick's Day lunch at the Capitol. Then the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host an evening reception at the White House.
“I expect you guys,” he said, “to behave yourselves.”
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