Social, political and diplomatic blunders are nothing new to the Obama administration, but at least they’re making money on this one.
What’s wrong with the picture on this Obama St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt?
The e-mail from the Obama campaign found the right target: Dave Hunt, lifelong Democrat from Upper Manhattan and owner of an Irish saloon, had contributed to President Obama’s 2008 victory drive.
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.
So much debt is represented that three leaves just couldn’t contain it all on the Obama version.
As we speak, somebody from Team Obama is on the phone trying to convince the Taoiseach to change that country’s symbol to a four-leaf clover so Ireland doesn’t end up being embarrassed for having had it wrong for so long.