Obama remembers ‘great friend,’ U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney
Former President Barack Obama issued a statement praising Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at the age of 84.
Rooney served under Obama as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland from 2009-12.
“Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage,” Obama’s said in the statement. “I knew he’d do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today. And I know the people of Pittsburgh, who loved him not only for the Super Bowl championships he brought as the owner of the Steelers, but for his generosity of spirit, mourn his passing today. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the Rooney family, some of the most gracious and thoughtful people we know — even as we celebrate the life of Dan Rooney: a championship-caliber good man.”
Former President Obama releases statement on the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney pic.twitter.com/b9qXuFjyh4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 13, 2017
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins also issued a statement on Rooney’s death. Higgins said Rooney was “deeply committed to Ireland and the Irish people” and “always conscious of his Irish roots.”
“All of those who met him were quick to realise his love for his native Pittsburgh and for the game of American football,” Higgins said in his statement.
Statement by President Michael D. Higgins on the death of Dan Rooney: pic.twitter.com/fDGxbqcHVU
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) April 13, 2017