Shamrocks & Shenanigans: Pols Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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March 17, 2010: Capitol Hill will join today in nationwide celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, the yearly holiday commemorating Ireland’s most famous patron saint. We take a look at pols celebrating the shamrock.

Here, Sen. Ted Kennedy, his wife, Joan Kennedy and their children attend the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 1980.

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March 17, 1983: President Reagan, then-Speaker of the House Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill and then-House Minority Leader Robert Michel attend a luncheon in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Capitol Hill.

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March 17, 1996: Pat Buchanan attends Chicago’s south side St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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March 17, 2000: President Clinton receives a bowl of shamrocks from Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on St. Patrick’s Day at the White House.

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March 17, 2003: Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, then-Governor of New York George Pataki, former Mayor Edward Koch and then-Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey attend New York City’s 5th Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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March 17, 2005: President George W. Bush and Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern walk through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda after a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon.

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March 17, 2008: Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton waves to supporters as she walks down the Boulevard of the Allies during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh.

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March 17, 2008: Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern presents President George W. Bush with a bowl of shamrocks during a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House.

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March 17, 2009: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Brian Cowen of Ireland attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch hosted by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Rayburn Building, U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.

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March 17, 2009: The fountain on the North Lawn of the White House runs green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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