Obama Grabs Guinness for St. Paddy's Day

White House dyes fountain green for Irish holiday

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2012 12:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – What would St. Patrick's Day be without a little political pandering? President Obama was out touting his Irish roots yesterday, wearing a moss green jacket and getting a pint at The Dubliner, a popular Washington bar, reports CNN. The beer was Guinness, of course (CNN wasn't wowed by the president's "slightly uninspired" choice). And the White House dyed the South Lawn fountain green for good measure. (For a less enthusiastic take on St. Patrick's Day, check out this story).

President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub and Restaurant on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Washington.
President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub and Restaurant on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17:  (AFP OUT) Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's day on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Next week, U.S. President Barack Obama visited a bar today. Obama and Vice President Biden...
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: (AFP OUT) Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's day on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Next week, U.S. President...   (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17:  (AFP OUT) Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's day on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Next week, U.S. President Barack Obama visited a bar today. Obama and Vice President Biden...
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: (AFP OUT) Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's day on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Next week, U.S. President...   (Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Guinness beer as he visits a bar in celebration of St. Patrick's day at the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Next week, Obama and Vice President Biden will meet the...
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Guinness beer as he visits a bar in celebration of St. Patrick's day at the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub on March 17, 2012...   (Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness beer at The Dubliner pub on March 17, 2012 in Washington. Obama went to the bar to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
US President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness beer at The Dubliner pub on March 17, 2012 in Washington. Obama went to the bar to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.   (Getty Images)
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The president kicks back a Guinness 17 March 2012 at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Washington, DC with his cousin Henry VIII (Healy) and Ollie Hayes of Moneygall County Ofly, Ireland.   (spqr1052)

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