Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh mocked President Obama’s visit to Moneygall, Ireland, earlier this week, where he celebrated his Irish roots. During his program Tuesday, Limbaugh said that the president tries to claim roots everywhere he goes.
“When he goes to Africa, he tries to pass himself off as a Kenyan. And if he goes to the Middle East he tries to pass himself off as Barack ‘al-Obama.’ And if he goes down to Selma he tries to pass himself off as a guy from down the street—totally disingenuous guy,” Limbaugh said. He also said “we ought to start calling him Paddy,” a traditional Irish nickname for “Patrick.”
Limbaugh’s theory, the Daily Caller reports, is that Obama’s true motive for visiting tiny Irish village was to court the Irish-American vote.
“Why make a big deal out of having some great-great-great-grandfather he probably never heard of until this week that’s from Ireland?” Limbaugh said. “Why make a big deal out of having Irish roots?” he said. “What does it matter to statecraft? What does it matter to the job? It’s a pure campaign stop. The Irish vote in America is sizable. It’s pretty large, you’d be surprised, and he’s angling for it pure and simple.”
What Limbaugh conveniently neglected to note is that Obama was unaware of his maternal Irish ancestors until he was contacted by a group of genealogists who had traced his family tree during his 2008 presidential campaign.
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