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Might step down from Ireland (also known as IRL) Flag of Ireland post to help United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States President Obama with re-election[]

April 2011, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_733878.html#ixzz1KYbvB7px By Andrew Conte, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, April 25, 2011

Rooney could leave Irish post to help Obama's campaign, report says[]

The Steelers could soon be getting their patriarch back in Pittsburgh, according to a published report.

Dan Rooney, the U.S. ambassador to Ireland (also known as IRL) Flag of Ireland and the Pittsburgh Steelers football team's chairman emeritus, told the Irish Times yesterday he plans to resign his foreign post in time to work on President Obama's re-election campaign.

"I would probably have to resign to campaign for President Obama's re-election," Rooney said. "I think that would be the number one thing I can do for him, and I'd be willing to do so. He's the best man for the job, without question."

No one from the U.S. State Department could be reached for comment. A Steelers spokesman did not have an immediate comment.

Since taking the job in July 2009, Rooney has been known for working hard — trying, for instance, to hold a town hall meeting in every county of Ireland — and he has hinted at how much he misses his family and time around the Steelers. Rooney and his wife, Patricia, have 17 grandchildren in the United States.

A highlight of Rooney's tenure in Ireland could be Obama's visit to that country next month. Rooney has been pushing for such a visit since he first met the president when he was just a candidate for office in September 2007. Rooney emerged as a major player in that election when he made a surprisingly vocal endorsement.

"I told (Obama), 'You gotta go to Ireland,'" Rooney told the Times. "He said, 'I will, and I'll go with you.'"

The Obama trip would play very well with Irish Americans, he added.

"They'll say, 'Gee — he's gone to Ireland. Our immigrants — mother and father, grandfathers — that's where they came from. It's nice for him to be going back,'" Rooney said.