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Obama Joins St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Mild weather, marathon mark annual holiday



    President Barack Obama dropped by The Dubliner Restaurant Saturday afternoon, where he sipped Guinness and exchanged toasts with some friendly patrons. (Published Saturday, March 17, 2012)

    The mild weather meant that many revelers were out and about celebrating St. Patrick's Day Saturday afternoon. One of them just happened to be the President of the United States.

    At around 1:30 p.m. President Barack Obama entered The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on North Capitol Street near Union Station. The President sipped a Guinness, posed for pictures, and exchanged toasts with the riotous crowd, some of whom chanted "Four More Years! Four More Years!"

    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.

    On Saturday, the owner of that pub, Ollie Hayes, and Henry Healy, an eighth cousin to Obama and the closest relative still living in Moneygall, joined him barside at the Dubliner as his guests. Dubliner owner Danny Coleman said the president finished his beer.