Sorry, D-goose, but the heavy irony goes over my head. It shouldn't be a shock to find out that The President is, what?, 3.1% Irish, or, for that matter that a large percentage of the population of the U.S. who are People of Color may be as well... The President's mom was white, and back where I cam from, white folks had kids.
They weren't always happy about it, what with The Irish hating a loty of the English, and the English claiming the Wogs began at Calais, and the Spanish having the thing about pure blood that would make your hair stand up, and the french (as Richard Condon said) going on being French as though there was nothing wrong with that. It's a wonder that anybody got any proper child making done. As Tom Lehrer said, "And everybody hates the Jews."
Give me a break.
Here in the good old U.S. in this particular generation we seem to have forgotten all that, and focused on the blacks and, for some of us, the hispanics.
Back in Boston, however, where I spent 35 reasonably happy years, we still remember the days of No Irish Need Apply signs with some bitterness. In some areas of the country, to claim Irish ancestry is to claim minority status, and there are enough mixed attitudes in the Boston area for Boston to have serious plusses and minuses to Irishness. Big political plus, and in some ways, something of a social minus. There is still in some areas a distinction between shanty Irish and Lace Curtain Irish in some areas.
So, basically, I say to you D-Goose, so what? And why are you getting so exercised about this? And why and how does it matter to you? Pray tell me, do.