I try not to mix my politics and my football, but sometimes they just happen to overlap – like when President Obama nominated Mr. Rooney as Ambassodar to Ireland earlier this week.
I say good choice Mr. President – no one better suited for the job. Â Maybe he will get them to play football in Ireland, or maybe they’ll force him to make rugby or soccer more mainstream here. Â I don’t know.
But what I do know is what the WasPost said:
Rooney co-founded the American Ireland Fund in 1976 and the organization, according to the White House, has raised more than $300 million for peace and education programs in Ireland.
“I am honored and grateful that such a dedicated and accomplished individual has agreed to serve as the representative of the United States to the Irish people,” Obama said in a written statement. “Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education, and I have every confidence that he and Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton will ensure America’s continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead.”
Welcome to Washington Mr. Rooney.