Nancy Pelosi recited a poem written by Bono on St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, dedicated to Ukraine.
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives attended the Friends Of Ireland luncheon, which takes place annually, to read the poem. It was provided by the Irish singer and U2 lead, who is friends with Pelosi.
The American politician is a huge U2 fan and in 2019 she expressed her admiration towards the rock band. “We’re obsessed. We go to every concert. I’ve probably been to more U2 concerts than, well, certainly anybody in Congress,” she told Rolling Stone.
Over the years, Pelosi and Bono have publicly shared friendly exchanges. The Washington Post previously revealed that Pelosi has been to almost every U2 concert in the DC area since at least 2006. She even referred to Bono as “her good friend” once, following his Golden Globe win.
As for Bono, he’s visited Pelosi’s office to discuss policy and once stated that “no one has fought harder than Nancy Pelosi since the day she came into office 25 years ago.”
You can watch Pelosi recite the poem in the video below:
Speaker Pelosi reads #StPatricksDay poem by Bono, which reads in part:
"Ireland's sorrow and pain
Is now the Ukraine
And Saint Patrick's name now Zelenskyy."
She then introduces Riverdance. pic.twitter.com/NzPY1VP2bN
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Bono’s poem reads:
Oh St. Patrick, he drove out the snakes
With his prayers, but that’s not all it takes
For the snake symbolizes
An evil that rises
And hides in your heart
As it breaks
And the evil has risen my friends
From the darkness that lives in some men
But in sorrow and fear
That’s when saints can appear
To drive out those old snakes once again
And they struggle for us to be free
From the psycho in this human family
Ireland’s sorrow and pain
Is now the Ukraine
And Saint Patrick’s name now Zelenskyy