Obama Joins America in Making Urgent St. Patrick’s Day Beer Run

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He's got his summit face on.
Barack O’Bama snuck out of the White House to visit an “undisclosed location” today, the official presidential St. Patrick’s Day euphemism for making a liquid lunch stop at an Irish bar. Here he is boozing it up with a very thrilled mob at The Dubliner during the nation’s annual summit on whether it is spelled “St. Paddy’s Day” or “St. Patty’s Day.” Is there a verdict, wasted bar patrons?

Eh, seems as good as any! More wire agency pictures of Barack Obama drinking Guinness with sloshed people dressed as leprechauns here. Happy Everyone Get Wasted Before Noon Day! [Twitter]

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        1. Barb

          Do you have any big plans for your special day? Jeff and I are going to make tacos salads, drink beer and watch the University of New Mexico Lobos play basketball tonight.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            Great minds think sorta alike – we had friends over, I made awesome steak tacos with homemade guacamole, and I had several delicious Negra Modelos (the other adults went with red wine). Nothing says St. Paddy's day like Cinco de Mayo!

          1. SorosBot

            Wait, if it's George Harrison's then we do share a birthday – along with Rashida Jones (yum, and hilarious) and Carrot Top (urrgh). Cool.

          2. horsedreamer_1

            Quite a threesome. & considering Rashida got her actuarial start in the Socially Awkward Apatovian Repetory, I connect she'd be into Carror Top.

          3. nounverb911

            It was something that every Catholic School High School kid on Long Island had to do at some point before they graduated. It made walking around the city interesting that day.

    1. buffalogal

      Settle an argument for me my friends: Is a "half & half" the same as a "black & tan" the same as a "black velvet." Need to know by noon tomorrow ….

        1. buffalogal

          Black & Tans don't have anywhere near the problems in Ireland as another favorite: Irish Car Bombs.

      1. Limeylizzie

        Not in the UK they're not, in the UK Black Velvet is Guinness and Champagne, Black and Tan is one half Guinness and one half bitter.

        1. Tundra Grifter

          2L:

          I'm with you (as always). Black Velvet is beer and sparkling wine.

          Unless you're talking about Black Velvet Canadian and ginger ale – a high school virginity cure.

  1. SorosBot

    Hey, it's late afternoon and I'm not sloshed yet – I guess I must be doing something wrong. At least I have my traditional orange shirt on.

    1. flamingpdog

      When I was a pup, I insisted on orange for St. Patty's Day (Methodist). Later, I found out my Irish ancestors were Catholic when they came over on the boat. But I look awful in green anyway.

    2. fuflans

      i'm pretty sure i'm supposed to be orange, but eh. my irish grandfather (orange i think) married my scottish grandmother on the way over to canada.

      but in 2012, the key point is: i can be canadian and man, they drink like fiends.

    1. Rotundo_

      Eat lime jello after having the corned beef and cabbage and soda bread. I think that might explain why the LDS church hasn't made a lot of headway in Ireland. When you have that kind of talent in brewing and distilling the nectar of the gods, accepting a religion that forbids ingesting it is a pretty tough sell.

      1. arihaya

        almost as stupid as trying to Mormon-convert the champagne-chugging Frenchies

        oh wait, Mittens did it

  2. CapnFatback

    Good thing he didn't sign that woman's face. Nothing sets off a brawl in an Irish pub like a blah putting his hand on a white woman.

    1. Terry

      DC Irish pubs/bars are different than those in Boston of New York. Most people in the DC places work for the Federal government and many in a place like the Dubliner will have clearances. You won't see the collections for the "widows and orphans fund", although arguably that's on decline elsewhere as well. The DC places just work differently.

      1. flamingpdog

        Speaking of which, whatever happened to Wonkabout? That was the only way I ever knew what establishments to patronize on my rare visits back to teh DeeCee.

        1. HistoriCat

          Arielle left DC to pursue higher education – I guess no one in the DC area was up to the challenge.

      2. BerkeleyBear

        And while SF Irish bars did host a lot of IRA fundraisers (and even some non-Irish bars) mostly they are more open/welcoming to strangers of all kinds than in other Irish neighborhoods. Now, they still sing songs that only they understand, but if you look like you are having a good time no one is apt to kick your ass.

        1. Terry

          I grew up in a neighborhood with several immigrant families, one of which was from China. I've gone with them to restaurants and community events as long as I can remember. Well, a few years back, I ask the son of that family who is about my age to go to an Irish pub in the DC area that was having live music last night. He immediately stressed out, saying that he can't go there, that they don't let Chinese people in, etc. Oh, yes, I'm going to take you someplace you're going to have trouble. I dragged him kicking and screaming. First beer, he was very self conscious. Second beer, hey, these songs are great and no one is looking at us funny. Third beer, singing along loudly and off key like he was a frickin life long member of the AOH.

  3. Doktor StrangeZoom

    OT good news (and yeah, posted on the last thread, too, so sue me): In a rare moment of decency and political courage (and probable political suicide), Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert has vetoed the abstinence-only sex ed bill.

    He will almost certainly not be re-nominated by the Utah Republican convention. He made the Teahadis mad:

    Sen. Margaret Dayton, co-sponsor of the bill, said she was disappointed the governor hadn’t contacted her to discuss his concerns and said teaching children about contraception is comparable to telling kids not to do drugs, then showing them how to "mainline" heroin. [quote highlighted on previous thread by Fukui-sanYesOta]

    1. commiegirl

      I am actually shocked by that! Thanks for the Moment in Actual Political Courage! Bye-bye now.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Courage/suicide/whatever.

        As long as he uses his soapbox to shout long and hard that IGNORANCE IS NOT THE ANSWER. And the Republicans are promoting IGNORANCE.

    2. Negropolis

      I have to say I was surprised being that Utah is one of the reddest states in the nation, if not the reddest as far as presidential voting is concerned. Signing that kind of legislation is a conservative give-me in even far more averagely red states. That he picked the battle on this is kind of amazing, 'cause, I could totally see Jon Huntsman signing this, even if he didn't believe in it.

      1. FROTHY

        According to what I've been reading of late, parents have been putting pressure on him to veto. But what would I know. News is slow over here.

    1. Barb

      Johnny! It's your birthday too? Truly, I hope you have an incredibly wonderful day. Happy Birthday!

  4. Blueb4sunrise

    WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If you click on the buzzfeed link….STOP SCROLLING at the FOURTH PIC.

    1. Terry

      Santorum looks like a dickweed even on St Pat's holding a Guiness. He just can't go against kind.

  5. Tundra Grifter

    Why did Mr. Obama insist of wearing his official Presidential jacket on his day off?

    Heck, he's in DC. Was he afraid people wouldn't recognize him?

    1. Advn2rgirl

      Actually, "[t]he president, thwarting any would-be pinchers with a pale moss-green jacket that read "National Parks, America's Best Idea," just saved the Secret Service a truckload of work.

      1. Tundra Grifter

        Thank you for pointing that out! I was just looking at the photos.

        Perhaps he should have worn one of those snazzy Smokey T. Bear hats. Then nobody would have recognized him!

      1. FROTHY

        And thus at risk for being randomly shot/arrested/beaten by any WAAH person on the street unless he distinguishes himself in some way.

      1. FROTHY

        True story: Ex's cousin (who is 5'`10" female of Junoesque build with black hair and brown eyes) was in Africa with the VSO (British version of the peace corps, kinda), and her partner was this tiny little blonde woman with blue eyes. Riding back on her bike to the village where she then lived, one day, she stopped some of the African villagers to ask if they had seen her partner. The villagers opined as how they thought she was her partner, anaconda "all you people look alike."

        It's one of my favourite stories.

  6. neiltheblaze

    In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'm eating Italian food tonight!

    My sainted Irish-American mom once said to me, after I asked why it was we never had it – "Neil, life is too short for corned beef and cabbage. Now, go get me a beer."

    Drink up, everyone!

    1. fuflans

      ha! we had chinese. it's fucking 80 degrees in chicago and there's no way i'm eating cabbage.

      1. Advn2rgirl

        Hmm…now I'm kind of embarassed:
        Karen Pastor, Mar 19 10:15 (EDT):
        Dear Advn2rgirl,
        Please be informed that according to our editorial team, the caption you are referring to means Obama is for right, not for Republican. Thank you for taking the time to write.
        Kind regards,
        reuters.com Team

        *facepalm^2*

  7. GuanoFaucet

    The true moment of Santorum's St. Patty's Day pub visit came when a woman yelled:

    "Sign my bottle of lube!"

    1. FROTHY

      Notice that Li'l Ricky is pictured drinking ALONE. I'm betting no Irishman/woman who celebrates the day would drink with HIM.

  8. ManchuCandidate

    Barack Obama, the drunks, the drunks are yelling
    From pub to pub, and down the drunken bar line
    The winter's gone, and all the Republicans are lying
    'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
    But come ye back when Santorum's got no mojo
    Or when the Mitten's fucking up for the status quo
    'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
    Barack Obama, Barack Obama, taking the middle so.

  9. fartknocker

    Faux news will spin this into something negative like: "Instead of fixing gas prices, the President spent Saturday drinking whisky in an Irish Bar." I can here that lisping be-otch Gret babbling something along these lines.

  10. skaboy.net

    "Alcoholic Osama Binge drinks, abuses Michelle" <—–Totally the headline you will see on fox news with this pic..

    1. anniegetyerfun

      SHOULD the President really be drinking when the nation is at an elevated terror alert? YOU DECIDE.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      I missed it by waking up too late, but now, in honour of the bog-messicans, I'll be drinking tequila washed down with Tecate. Woohoo!

    1. anniegetyerfun

      When he visited Moneygall a couple of years ago, the news coverage of the excited Irish people was so charming, I mentioned it at a business dinner. My boss, who simply does not CARE for black people, said, "I saw that. It doesn't make any sense!" and I shrieked "IT DOES TOO HE'S HALF WHITE SO IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE SHUT UP." I had had a bit to drink that evening.

    2. FROTHY

      When Obama won the elections, my crazed Irish friends called me at some ungodly hour of the morning from their home in the Gaeltacht. I think they were in a bar somewhere, all I could hear was the Barack Obama song in the background as the gelz screamed "It's the luck of the Irish! Barack O'Bama won because of the luck of the Irish!" I was SO glad he'd won, because some years earlier we had gone to visit there, and got no end of blather from the irate citizens who were greatly resentful about the re-election of Gee Dumb Yeah Bush. I think if McCain had won, the would've killed me in the killingest way.

  11. DahBoner

    "Sign my face"

    As O'bama's great great great grandfather from Moneygall, Ireland once said:

    Do you have any Irish in ya?

    Well then lass, would you like some?

  12. coolhandnuke

    Oh it's well I do remember, that bleak
    December day,
    The landlord and the sheriff came, to drive
    Us all away
    They set my roof on fire, with their cursed
    English spleen
    And that's another reason why I left old
    Skibbereen…

  13. bitchincamaro2

    "One woman loudly, and drunkenly urged the President to 'shit on my fashe'; the President declined, but later urinated on the cat behind the bar." — fixed

  14. Antispandex

    Yes, yes, "sign my face", right, I understand, the new rules and stuff, we get it. But, here's the deal on this St. Pat's day thing, for you who don't know how we roll. If you are Irish, or part Irish, have ever seen an Irishman, or viewed a Jameson's ad, you must drink today. Look, I'm Irish, but I don't make the rules, that's just the way it is.

  15. C_R_Eature

    Barry is just too cool. It's just too bad he couldn't show up a little later and then the encounter would go all:
    "Hey, Mishter Preshtidunt! Shighn this here barrr schtool and sit on mah face!"

    I love the Black Irish.

    Happy St. Patrick's/BirthdayPalooza Everybody!

  16. Limeylizzie

    OT But we are waiting for MrLimeylizzie's daughter to have her baby on St Paddy's Day, she just went to the hospital in full labour!

    1. ThundercatHo

      How wonderful! Please let us know when the wee bairn makes his or her arrival. Is this the first LL grandchild?

      1. Limeylizzie

        No, this is the second, MrLL has twin daughters and they are BOTH pregnant right now, one due today and the other due in August.

          1. Steverino247

            Very good! I'd suggest some names, but that would be too much like work (long story). Very happy for you!

        1. Barb

          Lizzie, I also have two daughters who are both pregnant and due on the same day! One of Jeffer's vendors took us out to dinner and I mentioned this fact and he said, "Well, we know what they both like to do on the same day 5 months ago" Ha, ha, ha! What a jerk! He just lost MILLIONS of dollars in sales over that stupid statement.

          1. Steverino247

            I would think "interesting coincidence" would be as far as one should push that. My wife is nine months younger than I am so a similar joke has been made for many, many years, but I'm not going to make that comment at a business dinner. What a maroon!

          2. Limeylizzie

            Fuck him and Congratulations to you! Kate had her baby yesterday afternoon, so beautiful and huge…well 8.5lbs.

          3. Barb

            The best days are when babies arrive. God, I am so behind on my knitting, Lizzie. I have to try harder.

        1. Steverino247

          So, she gets an account here at Wonkette for her first birthday or will you resist spoiling her like that?

          Pretty name, too.

    2. flamingpdog

      Be sure to tell her that everybody at teh Wonkette wholeheartedly supports the labour movement when you see her next!

  17. anniegetyerfun

    I'm eagerly awaiting the photos of Mitt Romney enjoying a beer at a local pub. As one of the people.

    1. flamingpdog

      Never happen, but I can assure that he knows the owners of at least two major breweries.

  18. Antispandex

    BTW, I was totally unaware that the Muslins, like Obama, celebrated St, Patrick's Day.

  19. pinkocommi

    This reminds me how appreciative I am that Mitt Romney's candidacy has single-handedly laid to rest all the talk about Obama being out-of-touch with the average American. Enjoy your beer, Mr. President. You've earned it.

  20. Abernathy

    Ugh. I clicked the link to more pics, scrolled down to the end of the page, hoping for something more scandalous, and was rickrolled into a pool of santorum.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      I dated a gal who was friends with an Algerian-Irish guy. He was pasty as hell, a ginger — totally Celtic. But, he followed mom's religion & prayed to Mecca.

      Kind of a mindfuck.

  21. labman57

    Imagine if Mitt Romney was celebrating St. Patty's Day during a photo op on the campaign trail ….

    "I love the Irish. And my favorite drink is an Irish Coffee … without the whiskey or the coffee. And I love potatoes. And green is my favorite color. And did I tell you that I ate some Lucky Charms for breakfast?"

  22. ttommyunger

    Barry seems a little uncomfortable. Hmmmm. In a bar surrounded by drunk white men. I can't understand why he would be, and where are the dudes with the sunglasses and earbuds, fer Chrissakes?

      1. ttommyunger

        That would make me uncomfortable, and I'm white and can take a nap on an anthill at high noon.

    1. FROTHY

      and tell me that you love me
      I'll sit on your face … wut? We're not SUPPOSED to be drunkenly partying?

      Damn, I'm ALWAYS fucking late to teh party.

  23. BeercanJim

    Awesome, good for him. A Muslim wouldn't do that. Besides I don't trust anyone that doesn't drink.

  24. Negropolis

    Went to the Buzzfeed link and scrolled until I got to Santorum's mug all up in my sightline, and then I regretted clicking. Truth in advertisment, you bastards.

  25. Tundra Grifter

    Also on St. Patrick's Day, a liberal, a conservative and a moderate walked into a bar.

    The gentleman behind the mahogany said "What'll you have, Mitt?"

    [I just heard that on the radio.]

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