President Obama also made the announcement of his intention to nominate Daniel Rooney as the US Ambassador to Ireland.
President Obama said, "I am honored and grateful that such a dedicated and accomplished individual has agreed to serve as the representative of the United States to the Irish people. Dan Rooney is an unwavering supporter of Irish peace, culture, and education, and I have every confidence that he and Secretary Clinton will ensure America’s continued close and unique partnership with Ireland in the years ahead."
Dan Rooney is the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the winners of Super Bowl XLIII. Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.