Obama Names Steelers Owner Ambassador to Ireland

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2009 1:12 PM CDT
In this April 14, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, walks with Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama has tapped Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to be US ambassador to Ireland. Rooney, 76, is a lifelong Republican who endorsed Obama during Pennsylvania's contentious Democratic primary and campaigned for him ahead of the general election. A good year continues for Rooney, whose team beat the Arizona Cardinals in February for its sixth Super Bowl title.