'O'Bama' campaign touts his Irish heritageBy BYRON TAU
The Obama campaign is offering supporters a chance to buy a special 'O'Bama' T-shirt — just in time for St. Patrick's Day
"St. Patrick's Day is around the corner. This year, show your support
for a presidential candidate with Irish roots: Barack Obama," the
campaign wrote in an email to supporters. "You might recall that back in
2007, as he was on the campaign trail, the President found out about
his Irish ancestry. Last year, he traveled with the First Lady to pay a
visit to Moneygall, the town of 300 people where his
great-great-great-grandfather was born, and jokingly told a crowd there:
'My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I've come home
to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.'"
An Obama's ancestor, Falmouth Kearney, came from Moneygall, Ireland — a fact that was discovered during the 2008 campaign.
Note: The Irish are very annoyed at the use of the four-leaf clover. According to tradition, St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. --cd3
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