After Mike Pence said “top of the morning”, this was a step too far.
St Patrick’s Day evokes as much pride in the Irish as their most famous beverage – Guinness.
To offend the nation over one of these is a mistake, but both at the same time takes some doing – which is exactly what Paul Ryan and Mike Pence, of Donald Trump’s administration, have managed to do.
It all started when vice-president Pence began his speech addressing a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the White House by saying “top of the morning”.
So clearly, “top of the morning” is quite a stereotypical thing to say in such circumstances – hence the reaction from Ireland.
Sadly though things were about to get much worse, when Congress Speaker Ryan lifted a pint of Guinness to the crowd gathered there.
To be clear, it’s not the act of raising a Guinness that’s got people upset – it’s the quality of his pint.
Guinness’ official website states a “perfect pint” should be complete with a “creamy white head”. It seems Irish people take this very seriously – and Ryan’s pour, with its measly head, hasn’t gone down too well.