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Why do so many US presidents like to say 'I'm Irish'?


More than 30 million Americans identify as Irish so it's no surprise that some occupants of the White House like to wear the green jersey. Dr Richard Johnson Lecturer in US Politics & Policy, from Queen Mary has written an opinion piece for RTE. He wrote: "At a crowded campaign event early in the 2020 US election race, Joe Biden was asked for "a quick word for the BBC". Half-incredulously, Biden glanced over his shoulder, replying, "The BBC? I'm Irish," before flashing a smile and disappearing into an adjacent room.

This was covered in RTE



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