From left, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny walk down the House steps following the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon in the Capitol, on Tuesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President Barack Obama went off script Tuesday, using his platform at the typically lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol to “reject” the recent violence at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.
Sure, there were the typically lighter moments -- like when Obama and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., traded some friendly barbs about their beloved NFL Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. And Obama said he hoped the bipartisan goodwill on display would carry over "to my Supreme Court nominee." But Obama spoke at length about a need to put an end to any political rhetoric and tactics that might breed violence at political rallies.