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St. Patrick’s Day massacre of White House shamrocks!

Shocking news from Washinton:

I’ve always wondered what happens to the shamrock that the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen will present to President Barack Obama at the White House today.
According to a report in CNN today, it goes straight to the crusher.
Uhuh. That little bowl of shamrock, the “enduring symbol” of the relationship between Ireland and the U.S. is destroyed after making the long trip from Ireland.
CNN says White House security protocol dictates that any “food, drink or plant presented to the president be ‘handled pursuant to Secret Service policy’.”
As CNN points out that’s “Secret Service-speak for destroyed.”
There’s no word as to what the Obamas will do with the crystal bowls. Full story.

Do you think the White House should spare the shamrocks? And what will the Obamas do with the crystal bowls?

Shamrock Shortage

A severe shamrock shortage is threatening St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and the “wearing of the green,” according to leading botanist Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy.

The shamrock was “hit hard” by the severe winter weather and “won’t be easily found” this week, said Doogue, who also stated the national plant was under threat because of modern farming methods. More here.

Hope this news doesn’t put a crimp on your festivities. I think I celebrated enough  on Friday, but do you have any special celebrations planned for tomorrow?

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