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Biden: Eggs, Pancakes, and Soda Bread for 40

by Keith Koffler on March 20, 2013, 10:55 am

The St. Patrick’s Day sequester-free zone remained in place today as White House St. Patrick’s Day festivities entered their second day.

Freshly returned from watching the installation of Pope Francis at the Vatican, Vice President Biden hosted a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for more than 40 guests, including Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, at the vice presidential residence in Washington. In addition to a hearty meal, attendees were entertained by The Bog Bang, an Irish music and dance group.

One reporter got in a good wisecrack about the vice president office’s habit of strong arming reporters. From the pool report:

As the vice president, Mr Kenny and his wife posed for photographs on a sunny but cold morning, Mr Biden joked with the press assembled outside his Washington home.

“We never keep the press in the cold,” he said. “In the dark,” said Justin McCarthy, political correspondent with Irish radio station, Today FM. “Yes, the dark – good line,” said Mr Biden.

Today’s event follows a celebratory lunch and dinner for Kenny hosted by President Obama Tuesday.

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srdem65 March 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m visiting Ireland (or any foreign country) I don’t want to eat at McDonalds or have someone serve me Southern fried chicken.
The ‘come to dinner and we’ll serve what we think you people like to eat’ is condescending, not polite.

Keith Koffler March 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

I agree. I want to eat what they got!

Julie Brueckheimer March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

They’ve done that at their state dinners too, at least the ones for India and Mexico.

Robin H March 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

You don’t expect them to waste the lobster on foreigners, do you?

Seriously, do we have any idea what the menus were during a real presidents sate dinners?

RickW March 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Image 1: A WH chef attempting to access Mooch’s stash of Kobe beef for the event Tuesday.

Image 2: Same WH chef being treated in ER for two broken hands

pianogirl88 March 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Did ME-chelle Antoinette join them for this “hearty” breakfast?

cincycinco March 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Maybe he was just trying to drown his sorrows in maple syrup after being rebuked by the Pope himself for ignoring Papal instructions to Catholics on things like abortion, contraception, and gay rights.

Wait, the Pope DIDN’T smack him down for that? Figures…Another politician installed in the Vatican, No help to be had there.

I guess the pancakes are celebratory, then. Joe was worried that he might be held to some kind of moral standard there for a minute…