Obama Taps Steelers Owner Rooney as Ambassador to Ireland

by Benjamin Domenech on 9:30 am March 17, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has tapped Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney to be U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

The 76-year-old Rooney is a lifelong Republican who endorsed Obama during Pennsylvania’s contentious Democratic primary. He later campaigned for him in Steelers country in western Pennsylvania.

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