March 17th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

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.

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."

Topics: Ireland • President Obama

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. cv

    A President should not be seen drinking a beer. It sends the wrong message to the young people.

    March 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • MNewall

      An adult enjoying a product available for adults, and doing so responsibly, is exactly the kind of message that children should see. Alcohol is not immoral, but it must be used responsibly, like guns, cars, and other dangerous but valuable goods and services. Showing young people that the use of alcohol is not a competition to reach insanity is a good message.

      March 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      A President, now-a-days, needs to be seen putting on a Con,,, err, profo lactic!

      Well at least in the Elementary Schools!

      To at least show the kids how to put one on!

      The Older, 30 Year Old Gals will ask for a Hand-Out for Control FREEBIES.

      And the Guy in the White House will give that 30 Year Old a call to make sure she is OK.

      Any Raw Dogs here?

      March 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I would like to see the Obama girls showing a movie to the other Elementary Girls how to use a Con,,, err,, profo lactic, on the Vegetables grown at the White House.

        I would call the Obama Girls and Ask them if they are OK!

        March 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • mm

      That has to be one of the most idiotic statements I have ever read.
      And, the wrong message would be what?!

      March 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Marsha in IN

    Who cares!!!!!

    March 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  3. Zwei Stein

    I like the fact that he acknowledges and celebrates both sides of his roots. Wish I had been there to buy him another one.

    March 18, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  4. Zwei Stein

    If our comments are NOT pre-screened before they post, why do mine always have to wait for moderation before posting?

    March 18, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  5. Zwei Stein

    awaiting moderation

    March 18, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  6. Sponge-Bob

    A shamrock t-shirt with Obama on it? This will do anything for a vote.

    March 18, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Mary O Minnesota

      Have some fun, will ya! He IS part Irish, after all!

      March 18, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • Howard


      March 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
      • lisa2010

        i don't see your freedom being attacked, what are u crying about your freedom... you're in the united states, and you still have your freedom... at least you're not in Syria where your freedom is being killed or slaughtered along with your children... Don't make like you live in another world, if you were living in the middle east, YOU'LL BE DEAD!!!!! So quit whining about Obama taking away your freedom, you listen to much to the other side....

        March 20, 2012 at 3:02 am |
      • John

        Lisa, these past two administrations have taken freedom away from you and I. If you don't see it or if you think giving up a little freedom is worth whatever you think you are getting I feel sorry for you and our country.

        March 20, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Go Figure!

      An American Flag with Barrack wHouseHinne's Picture on it?

      I swear!

      He really has the look, and benevolence of,,, of all the OTHER DICTATORS!

      How clever to desecrate Our Flag for a little publicity!

      March 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Desecrate? If you ask me, and really want to know what I think real desecration of the flag is, here it is: when it's sent into wars to be so-called fought over, for lies, propaganda and the personal gains of some! When they have to be presented to so many American families of our troops posthomously, in 'honor' and in place of their husbands, brothers, uncles, fathers, sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, cousins, friends, and fiances loyal services to our nation based on lies, politics and conspiracy!! Furthermore, if you haven't ever seen a picture of a person standing in front of the American Flag must living under a rock!! That person's picture, even standing in front of the flag, tecnically means his or her picture is on the flag. If the flag is ever the 'backdrop' of a picture of a person...that persons' picture shows up on the flag!! You people are so pathetic, you're more than a notion!! You just look for reasons to whine!! One more thing...the way you all have been 'desecrating' the Office of The President Of The United've already desecrated the American Flag!! Even to the world!!

        March 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        You are a Twisted One!

        If I held up the Flag with his picture on that Flag, and he was no where, personally, in the same town as I was,,,,

        Forget it!

        Now if you were in the same town with me,,, and you were holding up a copy of the same flag that I was holding up with a picture of him on the flag, and your copy had the same picture,,,, in front of me holding a copy of the same flag,,,,

        Then of course, Obama wasn't there!



        March 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • John

        Liz once again you have it wrong. BO's picture has replaced the stars on the flag you are talking about.

        March 20, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • Howard

      Wait a minute ... you mean Obama took time from his pressing schedule, for a photo op ??? How about that !!!

      March 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      This??? I know that's how you and the rest of your friends think of this man! THIS! I remember when 'Hero and 'Patriot' John McCain referred to the now President as 'that right there' as he pointed at the man during one of their townhall meetings. You folks are hateful! When I come at you all about the disgraceful way that you handle the President, you turn around and call me divisive and racist!!

      March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  7. jharris

    "Muslims" don't drink alcohol!!! So this continues to destroy that myth.

    March 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Tommy A

      @jharris: Obama's dad was KENYAN practicing a MUSLIM religion. Since when is RELIGION a GENETIC connection to someone's geneology? Another right wing oblivious view and lack of common sense.

      March 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Did Barrack wHousHinne's Dad have any trouble with DUI's?

        Check this one out!

        If you have never followed one of my posts....

        Read it all, but for sure, start reading about half-way down!

        A little Scotch there On St Paddy's Day!

        March 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
      • John

        He spoke about his "Muslim Faith" before he was corrected by a left wing media guy. Have you even made a mistake and told someone your religion was something other that what it is? I didn't think so...

        March 19, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Tommy A

      There are 22 of 44 presidents with an Irish heritage.

      March 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        All of the Presidents had a mouth, a nose, and a way to dispose of what they ate.

        Only 1 President wants to destroy the Constitution of the USA.

        O'Barrack, or is that O'Bama,,, or is that O'wHousHinny, the Irish President,,,
        wants to destroy the Constitution

        March 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Greg Kells

      And Irish people don't go to the bar at noon on a religious holiday, so that destroys that myth as well I suppose. Who cares about either of those things anyways. Being Irish doesn't make you a good President, and being Muslim wouldn't make you a bad one. I'm more concerned with his lame policies.

      March 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Steveo

      I beg your pardon but I have seen a drunken Saudi Arabian! Your point is absolutely false!

      March 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  8. dreamer96

    If the middle east would allow drinking there would be more fist fights..and not as much killing...

    March 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      If Fist Fights were Outlawed,,,

      Then only Outlaws would have Fist Fights!

      But if you want to protect yourself (2nd Ammendment),,,
      If you are attacked, then pull out your Fists and PROTECT YOURSELF!

      Fewer Fist Fights when everybody has a Fist!

      March 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  9. john

    who cares about obama drinking a pint lets get back to our countries problems like lowering the gas prices, bring our military back home, burn all the obama flags in florida which are a disgrace to our country, obama isnt irish hes muslim time for change vote him out of office along with congress..before they hurt our country even more than they are doing now..

    March 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Here you are still out here trolling John!! You do need to check yourself!! You are nothing else but a sorelooser, who is soooo envious of this intelligent young man, President Obama! You are pathetic! I don't know what it will take for some of you folks, but the man has continually told you he was a Christian...OK?? Oh and like another poster just said, and it's the truth...Muslim don't drink alcohol!! You spewed stupidly that 'Obama isn't Irish he's Muslim'?? Irish isn't a religion! Last I heard Muslim meant a person of the religion of Islam!! It has nothing to do with's a religion!

      March 19, 2012 at 5:10 am |
      • John

        Liz, you need to assume there is more than 1 John in this world. So once again a lib is way off base with their accusations and name calling.
        BTW, BO spoke about his Muslim Faith. Have you or ANYONE you know ever referred to your religion and got it wrong? This is one of many, many things about BO that prompts us to ask questions. Maybe he does it on purpose, like not releasing his birth certificate for several years and not releasing his school records. We are now hearing about BO and plagirism while he was in college (in addition to the plagirism we all know about during his campaign speech's). No wonder he doesn't want us to see his records.

        March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • Steveo


        I have actually seen a Saudi Arabian throwing a few back.

        March 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  10. judy

    john your an asshole. So if you want to improve this country move to another . Thats a great start. One less jerk in the US of A Bye

    March 19, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  11. RealityBites

    At one point he raised his pint to toast the crowd. Thanking them, or at least those that actually pay fed taxes, for paying for his pint..

    March 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  12. Anomic Office Drone

    A short post about what President Obama drank on St. Patrick's Day? Let's get partisan!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • John

      Understood, but this president has a history with "beer drinking". You must remember when he said the police were acting "stupidly". Low and behold, he was the one actually acting stupidly when he spoke of things he had no clue about.

      March 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        John...I stick by my comment..OK? I have to say I did think I was replying to you..but there isn't much that I'd change!! BTW, was that 8 years of George W Bush stupidity, and dangerous failed policies due to his history with alchohol?? Don't keep trying to open up that can of worms!! You still got drunken cry-baby John Boehner and a few others in the Congress still drinking, yet blocking or still making laws for the masses to have to adhere to!! Most-times, they're above the law! Should you have really gone there??

        March 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Oh...he had a clue John...! We all had a clue. The media ran it over and over for days. By the time they ran President Obama down and asked him what his take on was...he answered the question even saying he hadn't been privy to all of the details...but from what he'd heard, the police had acted stupidly! So what was wrong with that?? They were POLICE...hired to protect and serve! But no...they harrassed Gates and arrested him out of his own house! The only black man on the street and I heard, even in the neighborhood!! They didn't know who he was?? That's strange in itself...unbelievable! He tries to tell them and prove to them who he was and that he was at his own house...they didn't want to hear it!! They do have a reputation of acting stupidly as well as dangerously, all over the country at times!! If I had been him, I wouldn't have apologized for it either! They had acted very stupidly!! Pres Obama said stupidly for the lack of the use of a better word, to keep confusion down and you all still complained!! Boo-hoo, boo-hoo and whined that he walked that back!! Pathetic!! You people just hate to be called out on the truth! You use that politically correct thing against the truth all the time. If it's not the truth, it's a lie...Period! It' s either right or wrong! These were either stupid or iresponsible police! However, I see you all don't mind calling Pres Obama stupid along with a whole lot of other descriptive names, and he's the President of The United States!! Again I say...Pathetic is all!

        March 20, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Yes, I do remember that overly hyped incident from 2009 that had zero impact on policy, but no one had actually referenced that until you posted it just now.

      March 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • John

        Overhyped is an understatement. This article is about beer and BO. That incident involved beer and BO. When I saw this I thought of that.

        March 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @Anomic Office Drone...that's all they have!! They have to take a mini-mole hill and turn it into a mountain, in hopes that it sticks or collapses on the nations view of Obama's personal and political perception!!

        March 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • John

        Liz, what are you talking about? How many things do you need me to list? Obama's approvals this week are close to 40%. If you do not know, this is not good. More than half the nation doesn't like the policies this administration has put forth. Over 20 states are sueing this administration for several different policies they have forced upon us (Obamacare, abortion issue, church/state issue, wasteing money on "green gambles" that we all are paying for, and I can go on. As poor a job this guy has done and the fact that he deflects all blame for anything, I think this country has been lucky so far. If he gets in for another 4 years the country will be changed to something none of us will like.

        March 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  13. Dwilmington

    The guys is just having a beer. Sounds pretty normal to me.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • nonamenecessary

      Dwilmington, having a beer is pretty normal when you're not the president of the U.S. does he really have time to be doing this? this is what we're paying him for? sorry, but if you sign up to be president then you need to understand that for the next 4 years of your life you will remain 100% sober, abstain from every sort of drug, unless prescribed, including cocaine. apparently it's difficult for this pres. what would happen if the iran bombed israel or our country while our pres was having a beer??? that would be just great, huh? our pres was drinking beer and we had a crisis -what kind of decisions would he make while intoxicated? Sorry, but SOBRIETY is a MUST while being pres. End of story.

      March 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • mm

      Only if the reader is normal. And, as you can see by all these ridiculous comments, normal they're not!

      March 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  14. IGOT Tu

    If O Boy is Irish then my butt must smell like peaches !

    March 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  15. k1k2lee

    I'm Irish and I'm not sure why they said "uninspired" choice for the Guinness. If he'd chosen anything else I would have been deeply disappointed. There is no other choice for real Irishmen – only odd "green beer" choices by Americans who claim to be. Well done Prez.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  16. Name*Liz Carter

    It sure is strange that some people are all of a sudden concerned about the message that may be being sent to young people by the President having a beer in celebration of St Patricks Day. How much more petty can anyone be?? If the young people are getting the message that it's alright to drink beer, simply because he was photographed drinking one, that shows how much they're missing. They must be missing all of the alcohol, beer and wine commercials that society has allowed to be shown through media outlets. Many must not have parents and other family members who drink right around them! They must have friends, peers and constituents who are already drinking! It's just one more jab at this President...!! Had this been any other of the forty-three having a beer in celebration of the IRISH holiday, nothing would have even been said!! It would have been laughed off as 'all good'! The big problem is...THIS President shouldn't be drinking a beer...nothing should he be doing that even resembles a good time, chillin', or the possibility of him actually being laid-back and enjoying himself once in a while!! Furthermore...if the only message young people can receive from the President is drinking a beer, then they aren't as intelligent as we all hoped them to be! And I believe they are waaay smarter than that! If anything, they're probably actually picking up on his outstanding discipline, focus, determination, charisma, wisdom, strength, courage, thoughtfulness, acceptance, diplomacy, statesmanship, timeliness, negotiating/compromizing abiity, ambition, his ability to relate, understand, and appreciate the needs and desires of young people at their own levels, ability to fly above the daily mockery and fray! Those are some of the real messages Obama is sending to our responsible, intelligent American young people and I believe that even the lower- leveled intelligent ones are also being inspired!! I have my first time to read a post from anyone who makes that observation! Oooops!....that's exactly what you all don't want them to pick up isn't it? LOL!! OMG! BEER! LOL!! Sad.

    March 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  17. Name*Liz Carter

    @Steveo...I bet! I haven't but I believe you! You's just that 'THIS' President shouldn't be caught having a beer!! LOL!!

    March 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  18. Name*Liz Carter know exactly what I'm talking about!! You're a piece of work, but I don't believe you're stupid!! I responded clearly to what you accused Obama of...having 'a history with beer'??!! You didn't like my response because it was so 'right on'!! I hope you don't believe I'm stupid either. However, if that's in fact your opinion and it seems that's what you like to paint me to be...that's on you and so be it!! Just remember there are still some intelligent posters reading both of our posts!! They're not all illiterate!! I just don't believe in getting sucker punched and not punching back, and you get frustrated and start propagandizing and twisting or falsifying political dialogue. Half of America doesn't like the policies the Obama administration has put forth..huh? 20 states suing?? They will have a hard time winning unless the 'government' changed overnite so-to-speak!! Oooops looks like it has though...There was a time...once upon a time when BIG BROTHER decided that this is what it was going to be because, this is will be the best thing for the nation...the biggest quotation used WAS..'FOR THE GREATER GOOD', there was nothing you or I could do!! States abided by the law!! What happened John?? We grew up under the banner of 'YOU CAN'T BEAT THE SYSTEM'! Something has suddenly changed and I see the differences everyday!! When I question or address them you fight me back as if I should just go along with the multi-standards I see keep popping up!! What polls are you looking at...there are several out thereyou know! Who did the polling and who did they poll?? They never polled me, nor anybody I know!! Oh, I guess they polled those good ole boys and girls...those loyal American 'patriots' in Mississippi, Alabama, and South Georgia...huh?? That's not quite half of America...but it certainly provides us with a GOOD sample of the hateful attitudes, behaviors, stonewallers, biggots, and sabotagers Obama has been having to try to work with for almost 4 years!! Polls are calculated, calibrated and derived from opinions trained on a desired outcome or perception!! So you don't boo me with that. I don't believe it! Furthermore...if my memory serves me right, Bush was polled at about the same percentage on some of the same polls, around this same time before his 're-selection'. Guess who went right back into the Oval Office?? LOL!! One guess!! One more thing...polls/opinions are like a-holes, everybody has one!! Bye for now!!

    March 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  19. Travis

    I really need to stop reading the comments to these articles... they are really depressing. Nothing but ignorant people speaking in ignorant words. The President is having a freaking beer for crying out loud! Yet you all find a way to turn a negative spin on it. Suddenly we have a debate about if Obama is Muslim or not because the man had a BEER! To be perfectly honest I do not care if the mans a Muslim, Athiest, Scientologist, or a Devil worshiper! This is not some giant conspiracy to destroy the United States! Seriously people... use your heads!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:24 am |
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