Sunday, March 19, 2006

Ireland: Shamrock Ceremony

I love, love, love this photo of George W. Bush and Bertie Ahern at the 2006 Shamrock ceremony at the White House. I even watched the video at the White House site to see why W. was making that face. I think he was going to make one of his hilarious quips but thought better of it.

NPR tries to get to the bottom of this Ceremony - Who started it? When? Where does the shamrock come from?

A better question might be: why does the U.S. government waste so much time each year pandering to such a small-potatoes nation? Does it really buy that many Irish-American votes?

Thanks to Psyclops' Universal Translator, here's the White House press release for the 2001 ceremony, pimp-style.

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