Ireland’s leader was in Washington for a series of events in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, including breakfast with the vice president, a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, a one-on-one meeting with President Trump and a long-standing annual ceremony in which the U.S. president is presented with a bowl of shamrocks. ...
And as the day went on, the awkward and at times embarrassing Irish cultural references from Washington politicians were nearly as bountiful as their green neck ties. ...
But perhaps the most “appalling” moment of the day for some came as [House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)] offered a toast, in honor of Ireland’s visit.
While addressing the luncheon, Ryan suddenly pulled out a pre-poured pint of Guinness beer from under the podium.
“To what our forefathers have started and our children will continue, may the light always shine upon them. Sláinte.”
The speaker may have used the correct word for the toast, but all Irish Guinness enthusiasts could focus on was that “despicable pint.” Anyone who has lived in or traveled to Ireland knows the law of the land: a dark, Irish beer should always be topped with a creamy, white, thick foam.
One person tweeted she would be “ashamed” to be seen holding that pint. It looked like a pint “you find in the smoking area at the end of the night, its owner stumbled home long ago,” said another.
The Irish news website the Journal summed it up this way: “Some questionable Guinness pouring going on in Washington by the looks of Paul D. Ryan’s pint.”
First Mike Pence says 'top of the morning', then Paul Ryan holds up this appalling pint, grave missteps by the US pic.twitter.com/U4ktqf0Aag
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I don't have the time to read all the articles like this one:
Last week, Donald J. Trump was elected president based on a straightforward promise to make the United States great again. He aimed his message primarily at tens of millions of white working-class Americans who feel left behind in the growing economic prosperity, undercut by the advancement of minorities and women, competition from illegal immigrants at home and cheap workers in other countries.
This week, Mr. Trump is being forced to acknowledge that his straightforward solutions are, in fact, much less straightforward than he promised they would be.
The big and beautiful wall might look more like a fence. Most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants won’t be summarily deported, he said, backing off a line from stump speeches earlier in the campaign. Perhaps only two or three million — just the bad guys. That number is in the ballpark of deportations in the Obama administration. Undocumented immigrants who are not criminals, he said, are “terrific people.”
Mr. Trump has not yet clarified his promises on trade, but most experts say it will be very hard to simply walk away from Nafta and impose a 45 percent tariff against imports from China. “In an age of global supply chains,” said Dani Rodrik of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, “you cannot take a chain saw to trade agreements and not end up cutting your foot off.” ...
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With my family along the only beer I was able to have at the conference was a Brew Dog Nanny State (better craft NA than [insert beer I didn't want but don't want to offend lovers of this beer]). I missed the conference banquet which, by all accounts, made people feel lousy on Thursday morning.
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