Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at St. Patrick's Day Reception My grandfather came here, like so many generations of Irish-Americans did, with a dream, but with character and with work ethic and a determination to build a family, a good name.†
BigNews.Biz - Mar 18,2017 - Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at St. Patrick's Day Reception
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THE VICE PRESIDENT:† Well, good evening to you all.† Fellow Americans, Irish friends, distinguished guests.† I'm Mike Pence and I'm the 48th Vice President of the United States of America. (Applause.)† It's my honor, along with my wife, Karen Pence, to welcome you on behalf of the First Family to the White House on this very special occasion.
It is such an honor for the two of us to be able to welcome you here and welcome a special guest to the White House, and of course, our host to this podium for this 55-year-old tradition.† Since Irish Ambassador John Joseph Hearne left a box of Irelandís most famous symbol at the White House in 1952, the shamrock exchange has grown to become a festive sign of enduring friendship during this memorable week, and an eternal bond between the American people and the people of Ireland.
Now, the Irish are one of the strongest and most beautiful threads in our national fabric here in the United States.† For centuries, the sons and daughters of Ireland have come here from across the Atlantic.† More than 32 million Americans now trace their heritage back to the Emerald Isle.† And I say with a grateful heart and deep humility, I'm one of them.† (Applause.)
My grandfather, Richard Michael Cowley*, stepped off a boat onto Ellis Island in 1023.† And that's how Michael Richard Pence got to serve in the White House.† My grandfather, as the legend of our family says, was told by my great-grandmother that he needed to go to America.† She said, thereís a future there for you.† He wouldn't see his mother for 25 years, and he often spoke of their separation with a heavy heart.
My grandfather came here, like so many generations of Irish-Americans did, with a dream, but with character and with work ethic and a determination to build a family, a good name.† And so he did.
My mother, who is 83 years young, bright red hair and blue eyes, is still with us today, and his memory and her influence continues to define my life,
The truth is my grandfather was very typical of the millions that would come to these shores.† He embodied all that's best about the Irish -- sturdy work ethic, faith in God, love of family, patriotism.† And those are the enduring contributions of people of Irish descent in the history of this country.† It's extraordinary to think of the contributions that the Irish have made.† In every single American conflict since our Revolutionary War, the Irish people have enriched America in incalculable ways, and they always will.
When I speak of those character qualities I know that they apply to the two people that we have the privilege of introducing tonight.† First is our special guest -- it's my high honor to invite him to the podium, along with our host.† So,