It's not a fine day for the Irish - in an attempt to shamrock the vote, Team Obama has opened a new front in their war on Catholicism:
Now, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, barackobama.com was peddling “O’Bama” T-shirts, playing on the president’s wee trace of Irish blood and his joke on a visit to Ireland last year that he had “come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way.”
But Mr. Hunt, an owner of Coogan’s in Washington Heights, noted something wrong with the message on the T-shirt itself: below the “O’Bama” was a large four-leaf clover. The shamrock, symbol of Ireland, is a three-leaf clover.
And why might a three-leaf shamrock have significance?
According to tradition, St. Patrick himself used the three-leaf clover to illustrate the Holy Trinity. Christopher Cahill, executive director of the American Irish Historical Society said that while that might be apocryphal — “basically everything associated with St. Patrick is essentially legend,” he said — the shamrock, derived from seamróg, meaning “little clover,” is properly depicted with three leaves.
C'mon, eager Obama staffers - "Trinity" is not just a Matrix reference.
This whole cultural sensitivity thing can get tricky when you aren't on the same page with the bitter-clingers. Maybe Team Obama could invest in a subscription to Google just to keep themselves in the mainstream.