Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The O'Bama Pint Glass Set: Sláinte!

President Obama, the first Commander in Chief to have White House chefs who engage in homebrewing, is a known beer enthusiast. The new 16 ounce "O'Bama Pint Glass Set," a fundraiser from Obama for America, celebrates the President's love of beer and his Irish roots, with a special new campaign logo design. They've just been unveiled, timed for sales for St. Patrick's Day ($25 for two). The glasses join other OFA drinkware being sold, including the Obama Martini Glass Set ($30 for 2), and the Obama Birth Certificate Mug, which also celebrates the President's "roots;" he was Made in America (take that, Birthers).

About 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, which is a hefty voting bloc. Last May during a visit to the Emerald Isle, the President made much of his family connections in the tiny village of Moneygall, County Offaly. Accompanied by First Lady Obama, he quaffed a pint of Guinness and got a pint-pulling lesson at Ollie Hayes Pub (Above: The President watches Mrs. Obama pull a pint with publican Hayes).

"My name is Barack Obama--of the Moneygall Obamas. And I've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way," the President later told a cheering crowd of more than 25,000 during a celebration in Dublin on College Green.

In Moneygall, the President was joined by his eighth cousin, 26-year-old Henry Healy, and many other distant relations during his pub visit. His Irish roots date to 1761, when there was a marriage between Sarah Healy and Joseph Kearney, the great-great-grandfather of Falmouth Kearney, the President’s great-great-great grandfather on his mother’s side, who immigrated from Moneygall to Ohio in 1850 in the midst of Ireland's Great Famine. The President is related to three different families in the village: The Healys, the Donovans, and the Kearneys.

"You look a little like my grandfather," President Obama said to one man in the pub. "We got a family tree here and everything."

The Guinness moment:

Guinness later reported that its tourist attraction in Dublin, The Guinness Storehouse, had a record 2011 for visitors, thanks to the President's promotion of their product, as well as a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with two festive 16 oz O’Bama pint glasses. Made in the USA," notes the OFA website. The set is available at http://store.barackobama.com/accessories/o-bama-pint-glass-set.html.

CLICK HERE to check out more Obama foodie campaign swag: There's a logo'd apron for grilling, a special logo'd grill spatula, a Cup of Joe mug...

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House. Video from RTE Ireland.