March 17, 2009

Obama names football owner Ireland Ambassador

Per Reuters, U.S. President Barack Obama has named Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney Ambassador to Ireland.

Rooney's Steelers won the Super Bowl this past season.

Obama and Rooney developed a relationship during the 2008 presidential campaign. The long time Steelers owner endorsed Obama during a Pennsylvania campaign stop in April of that year.

Europeans and Pennsylvanians are tweeting about the football guy moving to the other land of football.

@SeamusMcAleavey (Belfast): President Barak Obama has announced that Dan Rooney is the new ambassador to Ireland. His roots are in Newry Co Down!

@GWhit (England): Dan Rooney to be Ambassador to Ireland. Maybe he'll convert rugby players to linebacker.

@PADems (Harrisburg, PA): PA Dems congratulate Dan Rooney on being named Ambassador to Ireland. A fitting role for a good Irish Democrat! Go maire tu!

@steelymcbeam (Pittsburgh, PA): Congrats to my boss, Dan Rooney!!! New Ireland ambassador!! Bet he installs NFL Sunday Ticket at the embassy!

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