Joe Biden jokes that he’s ‘really not Irish’ as he has ‘never had a drink’ | US News

Joe Biden has said he is “really not Irish” as he has “never had a drink” – and joked that his relatives in Ireland “actually weren’t in jail”.

The US president, whose family moved from Ireland to America in the mid-1800s, had been marking St Patrick’s Day at the White House with guests including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and One Direction singer Niall Horan, who performed at the event.

The 80-year-old told the crowd: “When I went over to Ireland, It was a great experience. I’ve been to Ireland many times, but not to actually look up – to find my actual family members.

President Joe Biden speaks during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House, Friday, March 17, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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“And there are so many – and they actually weren’t in jail.”

Mr Biden said he spent six days in Ireland and met some of his relatives there.

Reminiscing about his stay, he added: “There’s still a place called Finnegan’s pub… that’s related to my family.

“I’m the only Irishman you ever met, though, that’s never had a drink, so I’m okay….

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