Some Obama supporters are annoyed by the presence of a four-leafed clover on his “O’bama” t-shirts, which are on sale.
Dave Hunt, the owner of Coogan’s in Washington Heights, New York has been a long time supporter of the current president and was surprised to see a four leafed clover on the new t-shirts.
“That is my particular pebble in my shoe, when four-leaf clovers are interchanged with three-leafs,” the lifelong Democrat told The New York Times.
“People do it all the time. But if they were going to go to the trouble to do a T-shirt with the O and the apostrophe — which I think is very clever – someone on the staff should have gone to the trouble of finding out how many leaves to put on the clover.”
According to Irish history, St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to illustrate the Holy Trinity to natives in Ireland.
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Last week the Obama campaign sent an email to its supporters informing them about the new design which was released to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.
"St. Patrick's Day is around the corner. This year, show your support for a presidential candidate with Irish roots: Barack Obama,"
"You might recall that back in 2007, as he was on the campaign trail, the President found out about his Irish ancestry. Last year, he traveled with the First Lady to pay a visit to Moneygall, the town of 300 people where his great-great-great-grandfather was born, and jokingly told a crowd there: 'My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.'"
When Hunt received the solicitation from the Obama campaign he sent the following response.
“Please,” he wrote, “a shamrock is three leaves not a Four leaf clover!!!”
The t-shirts available on his official website, are priced at $30.
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