President Biden’s comments on St. Patrick’s Day continue to be mocked in Ireland and Britain. Now, a British journalist is calling Biden the world’s worst Irish Catholic.
The 80-year-old created controversy last week at the St. Patrick’s Day White House event, telling guests: he’s never actually looked up his ancestors when in Ireland. “And there are so many – and they actually weren’t in jail,” Biden stated.
He created further controversy when he followed up, saying, “I’m the only Irishman you ever met, though, that’s never had a drink, so I’m okay. I’m really not Irish.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
‘I’m really not Irish because I’m sober…and I don’t have any relatives in jail…’ -Joe Biden at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon pic.twitter.com/v9gI8xYylo
— Liz Churchill (@liz_churchill8) March 17, 2023
Biden has professed his Catholic roots and Irish heritage multiple times. Shortly after his inauguration in 2021, the White House invited a professional bagpiper for St. Patrick’s Day, much like many Irish-American events that mix general Celtic traditions, to which Biden replied, “They really know how to make an Irishman feel special at the White House.” He has also made the internet cringe with statements like “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid. ”
However, in a time of year many remember Ireland’s most famous holy man as well as the legacy of the Irish culture around the world, one writer chose to roast the American president for his leadership and moral character.
His comments continue to trend on British and Irish social media channels and media outlets are mocking his comments.
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“President Joe Biden’s self-delusion seems to be boundless,” Ruth Dudley Edwards wrote in “The Telegraph.” “When he looks in the mirror, he apparently sees an upright Irish Catholic true to the historic values of his deeply rooted religious identity. He is, in fact, an appalling Catholic who publicly flouts the church’s most cherished teachings and is about as authentically Irish as a leprechaun hat in a St Patrick’s Day parade.”
Edwards went on to slam Biden both for his avowed connection to Catholicism and Irish culture.
“Many Americans — including many Catholics — will agree with his views, for example, on the issue of abortion, which once saw him denied Holy Communion on the campaign trail in South Carolina,” she wrote. “What sticks in the craw is his willingness to use his Irish Catholic identity to burnish his image while seemingly knowing nothing about either.”
She went on to observe how Biden has fought for “rights of parents to approve ‘gender-affirming transitional medical care’ for their children” despite the fact “it’s been several years since Pope Francis first denounced radical gender ideology.”
Edwards concluded by saying, “When the [resident visits the Republic and Northern Ireland for the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, he will celebrate a peace deal he did much to undermine with his enthusiasm for the Northern Ireland Protocol. It’s part of a pattern: he is all talk and no walk.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice