US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as US President Donald J. Trump (C) arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union.

“Top of the Morning to You” – Trump Administration Makes Use of Irish Slang Learned via Cartoons

In greeting an Irish delegation led by the Irish prime minister, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Speaker Paul Ryan deftly utilized their horde of Irish knowledge which they have acquired through countless years of study.

Unfortunately, this study apparently came in the form of cartoons and commercials.  Pence greeted the delegation with “Top of the morning,” Ryan told an odd story about golf (invented in Scotland) and then drank a sad pint of Guinness with no foam, and Trump shared an “Irish proverb” which no one in Ireland has apparently ever heard before.

Irish Twitter users were olagonin’ about the event, accusing the American hosts of being a bit thick and generally decrying the whole shebang.  Some were entirely cheesed off.  Others were simply scundered for the Americans, thinking the event a bit divvy.

At the breakfast event, we can all just hope that Paul Ryan did not clutch his cereal bowl and declare, “You’ll never get me Lucky Charms!”

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