By lex, on May 23rd, 2011
Last week the Queen of England made the first royal trip to Eire that did not involve broadswords and armor. The trip was ostensibly made to recognize warming Anglo-Irish relationships, but Her Majesty made the crucial political and gustatory faux pas of passing on a perfect pint of the brown, when it was offered. Prince Phillip was said to have looked “longingly” after the orphaned beverage, but reluctantly followed his leader. Ireland being Ireland, we are safe to assume that the pint went unwasted, and wouldn’t that have been a pity, so it would.
(It was rumored that the Queen foreswore alcohol after video from an early morning celebration in Cancun made it on to “Royals Gone Wild.”)
President Obama has made his own stumbles on the geopolitical stage of late, but he at least gets the little things right:
Mr. Obama’s speech came after he had downed a pint of Guinness in tiny Moneygall, the small Irish village where his great-great-great grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker. It was an improbable and memorable pilgrimage for America’s first black president into his Irish past, and Mr. Obama soaked it in.
“My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas,” he said. The president sought to endear himself to the locals by speaking some phrases in Gaelic, including his campaign slogan of “Yes we can.”
The president is apparently black Irish, as is your host. Pints o’ Guinness aside, the president is as likely to get my vote come November as is the queen herself.
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