WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Steelers owner Dan Rooney was sworn in yesterday as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton administered the oath at a noontime ceremony at the State Department. Mr. Rooney was accompanied by his wife, Patricia, and many family members.
In her remarks, Mrs. Clinton not only saluted Mr. Rooney, but she also sang the praises of the Super Bowl champion Steelers, the Stanley Cup champion Penguins and the economic turnaround that led President Barack Obama to select Pittsburgh for the G-20 summit in September.
Mr. Rooney was an early supporter of Mr. Obama's bid for the presidency, and he and various Steelers players campaigned around Western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rooney will travel to Dublin today and is to present his credentials to President Mary McAleese tomorrow and officially assume his duties as U.S. ambassador.
As his first official duty tomorrow, Mr. Rooney will attend a luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce to celebrate U.S. Independence Day, the Fourth of July, and tomorrow night he will be the host of the official embassy celebration of the Fourth of July.