Joe Biden said that he is not Irish because he has never had a drink. He joked that his Irish relatives “actually weren’t in jail”.
The US president, whose family immigrated from Ireland to America in mid-1800s had been celebrating St Patrick’s Day at White House with guests such as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, One Direction singer Niall Horan and others.
The 80-year old told the crowd that it was a wonderful experience when he went to Ireland. Although I have been to Ireland numerous times, I never actually looked up to see my family.
“And there are so many of them – they were not in jail.”
Biden stated that he spent six days in Ireland, where he met with relatives.
He recalled his time at Finnegan’s Pub, adding: “That’s my family’s connection to that place.”
“I am the only Irishman that you have ever met. But, I’ve never had a drink so I’m fine. “I’m not Irish.”
The funnies didn’t end there. Mr Biden named Rob Kearney, a former Irish rugby union player and his distant cousin. He said that “we all know whom we’re rooting to in the Grand Slam” – before Ireland’s match with England on Saturday.
After praising Horan’s performance, he also said that he would “come back anytime”.
In an Instagram video, Mr Biden was also pictured with the music artist wishing everyone a Happy St Patrick’s Day.
Friday’s celebration was the first St Patrick’s Day celebrations held at the White House since the pandemic.
The White House fountain was flooded with green-colored water to mark the occasion. This comes before Mr Biden’s highly anticipated trip to Northern Ireland on April 25th.
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During his St Patrick’s Day address, Mr Biden said that he supports the Windsor Framework post Brexit arrangement. He also spoke about the 25th anniversary the Good Friday Agreement.
As part of the ceremony, he was also given a bowl of shamrocks.