Thursday, March 04, 2010

My Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

How about this huh??? Just in time for the start of the "High Holidays!"(officially starting tomorrow in the O'Damico household)





THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 1, 2010
IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
From long before American independence to today, countless
individuals have reached our shores, bringing vibrant cultures
and diverse roots, and immeasurably enriching our Nation. This
month, we honor the contributions made by the tens of millions
of Americans who trace their heritage to the Emerald Isle.
Irish Americans fought for our independence, and their
signatures adorn our founding documents. When famine ravaged
Ireland in the 1840s and 1850s, many Irish men and women sought
a new beginning in the United States. Though they faced poverty
and discrimination, these immigrants transformed our cities,
served in our Armed Forces, and settled the frontiers of our
young Nation. Their children, and succeeding generations of
Irish Americans, have preserved their culture's values while
becoming leaders in every facet of American life.
During this year's Irish-American Heritage Month, we also
celebrate an extraordinary Irishman: Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Throughout his career in public service, Senator Kennedy worked
tirelessly to create opportunity for all Americans. His legacy
lives on in the legislation he championed, which will bolster
and protect the health, education, and civil rights of Americans
for generations to come.
Across the Atlantic, the people of Ireland continue to
confront their own challenges with resolve and determination.
In the face of violence perpetuated by some -- testing a
hard-earned peace -- the people of Northern Ireland have
responded heroically. Undaunted, they and their leaders persist
on the road to peace and prosperity enshrined over a decade ago
in the Good Friday Agreement. The United States remains
committed to supporting the political process and the work of
those who have shown leadership in pursuit of a lasting peace.
Today, the sons and daughters of Erin can look back with
pride on their many contributions to the civic and cultural life
of America. Like so many of our Nation's ethnic communities,
Irish Americans are a people whose hard work and resilience have
brought them great opportunity and success, and whose service to
our Nation has left it a better place.
more
(OVER)
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NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by the virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do
hereby proclaim March 2010 as Irish-American Heritage Month.
I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating
the contributions of Irish American to our Nation with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA
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Gotta love our "Black Irish" President!!!

*for those of you not lucky enough to be Irish, Black Irish is not a derogatory term.

3 comments:

Judi said...

Well, his name is O'Bama!
The High Holy Days....huh? No wonder my kids are both coming come for Spring Break tomorrow instead of for Easter!!!
So, tell me how are you kicking off the high holy days TOMORROW????
I have to get some new green clothes.....last year's are too big (yeah, I love saying that....).
I'll kick of the holy days by shopping for LITTLE green clothes.....
8-)
Judi

K said...

Makes my Irish eyes cry, too.

Mr. McCock said...

Thanks! We McCock's have a quite the Irish lineage.