VP Mike Pence recollects his Irish roots during his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for St.Patrick’s Day celebration in the White House.
The Vice President spoke to an intimate crowd for about seven minutes, talking about his Irish grandfather and fond memories he has of visiting Ireland.
Your pooler is awaiting a list of guests, but did spot Reps. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
The VP’s sister “Annie” gave a blessing before breakfast. She is here on behalf of Karen Pence, who is currently traveling abroad as part of a delegation to the International Special Olympics.
Some quotes from the VP’s remarks below:
“I know President Trump is very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the White House for what I know will be substantive conversations.”
“Today is actually a perfect time to dwell on our relationship and what the Irish have done for America. The contributions of Irish Americans to this country … it’s incalculable to think. Today the partnership between our two countries… has never been stronger.”
“I want to assure the Taoiseach, this administration is committed to growing these economic ties and making them stronger than ever before.”
The VP also said he received an invitation for an official visit to Ireland under one condition — that he bring along his Irish-born mother.
“I am happy to report that I have spoken with mom and she has now confirmed that she will travel with me and we are making plans to return to my grandfather’s homestead as we speak.”
“People often ask me what I felt on Inauguration Day when I raised my right hand… as I looked out at that vast throng of Americans and took that oath, I thought about my grandpa… He was proud to be an American, but I can still hear that Irish brogue in my heart when my grandfather used to talk about the old country and his home across the pond. His love for the Irish people, his love for the Irish heritage is bone marrow deep.”