Rooney & Obama

Get ready to see a lot of Dan Rooney campaigning for Barack Obama's reelection this year.

Ed Bouchette's state-of-the-Steelers interview with Steelers president Art Rooney II notes the elder Rooney is expected to step down as ambassador to Ireland this year and resume some kind of role with the team. But that will also allow him to campaign, as the Republican did for Obama in 2008.

Rooney said as much to The Irish Times in April 2011 on the eve of a presidential visit to Ireland:

The ambassador loves his life in Ireland, but as Obama’s unconditional fan, he’s thinking of returning to the US soon.

“I would probably have to resign to campaign for President Obama’s re-election,” Rooney says. “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.”

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