You could forgive President Obama for pushing to add Ireland to the Electoral College.
He received a thunderous reception that rivaled any stop on the presidential campaign trail, as he spoke to thousands of cheering Irish at College Green in Dublin Monday.
“I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost along the way,” Obama said, referring to his great-great-great grandfather, an Irish shoemaker — a genealogical discovery the president has repeatedly tapped in an appeal to Irish Americans.
Joining Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Obama couldn’t resist uttering, "Is feidir linn" — or yes we can in Gaelic.
It was a light start to a six-day, four-country European trip for Obama that will center around talks with western allies on economic and political turmoil sweeping the globe.
Obama joins a long list of U.S. presidents to visit Ireland — John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.