Everyone is said to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and even though he hails from Scottish roots, President Trump got into the spirit a day early. Per the Washington Post, Trump hosted Irish PM Enda Kenny at the White House Thursday, and the president celebrated the spirit of the moment by reading what he said was a proverb he'd heard many times and enjoyed: "Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you." Many assumed he meant to quote an Irish proverb, though he didn't explicitly say so.
People of Irish descent immediately took to Twitter to ask what Irish proverb this was, as they'd never heard of it. Although a quick Google search does show the quote is listed under "old Irish blessings" or "St. Patrick's Day blessings," some noted the wording almost exactly corresponds to that found in a poem by Nigerian poet Albashir Adam Alhassan. But, as the Guardian notes, its true author is unclear, as it appears "all over the place" on the web. A White House spokesman tells the Hill that the proverb supplied to Trump came from the State Department via the National Security Council in an email. Onto other notable St. Paddy's Day happenings:
- Speaker Paul Ryan didn't escape scrutiny, either, as he held up a pint of beer that many scoffed at as an "appalling" specimen, per the Huffington Post. "Fake brews!" was one response.
- PM Kenny took his moment with the president to make a more serious point, per the Metro, as he talked about St. Patrick's legacy and pointed out the saint was "the patron of immigrants" and an immigrant himself.
- The New York Daily News explores the Catholic conundrum: the fact that this year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday during Lent, meaning those practicing shouldn't be able to eat corned beef. The newspaper explains how some are able to get around that mandate.
- There's some myth-busting going on at KTRK, which lays out the facts on St. Patrick's real name and how alcohol wasn't always an integral part of the day.
- IrishCentral.com explains why March 17 was chosen as the day to don shades of emerald.
- If you live near any landmarks, NBC News documents some of the more famous ones that are sporting their own greenery for the occasion. (How long did it take to string up the Great Wall?!)
- Sick of eating the same green bagels with a Jameson chaser every year? The Telegraph offers tips on how to celebrate the holiday in a non-cliched way.