President Joe Biden joked Wednesday at the White House he wished his Irish ancestors had stayed in Ireland.
The president commented as he recalled his visits to his ancestral homeland at a St. Patrick’s Day in a video conference with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin.
“I joked at the time, after I left, I wondered why the hell we left in the first place; it’s beautiful,” he said.
With a bunch of clovers in his pocket, Biden acknowledged the celebrations this year were virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic and accepted a bowl of clovers from the prime minister.
Biden also noted he followed the tradition of dying the White House fountain green for St. Patrick’s Day.
He recalled that his grandfather, Ambrose Finnegan, would always celebrate the family’s Irish heritage.
“He’d say ‘Joey remember, the best drop of blood in you is Irish,'” he said.
“One of the few quotes that I’ve been given credit for in my career … I said, ‘We Irish are the only people who are nostalgic for the future,'” Biden said with a chuckle.
Tonight, the White House will be lit with green lights to recognize St. Patrick’s Day, according to Biden’s staff.
Joe Biden still gets his bowl of shamrocks in this virtual meeting with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin pic.twitter.com/MXQqBeIjis
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