Dan Rooney Plans To Carry Out Ambassador Duties

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney is staying put as the United States Ambassador to Ireland, for now.

Speculation about him potentially resigning in order to campaign for President Barack Obama began to swirl after an interview with the Irish Times was published over the weekend.

During the interview, Rooney said that he may need to resign in order to campaign for President Obama’s re-election.

However, those comments led to some confusion as to whether or not Rooney would be stepping down from his position.

On Monday, he cleared up the confusion by releasing a statement that read:

“Some readers have drawn the incorrect conclusion from my comments to The Irish Times on April 23rd, 2011. I was asked what I could do to help President Obama in the next election and I responded that the best thing I could do would be to help him campaign. Were I to do so, it would require my resignation as Ambassador to Ireland. However, I am very pleased with my accomplishments to date and I intend to continue to carry out my duties.”

He was appointed as ambassador in 2009 after endorsing President Obama in 2008.


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  • Obumma

    Stick with football,Rooney,and stay out of politics

    • Go Rooney

      Thanks Dan Rooney! Thank you for supporting our President.

    • Sharon

      I agree with Obumma. If God were working on Obama’s campaign – I still wouldn’t vote for him.

      • Brat

        I agree 100%

  • Mommy

    I hope Rooney isn’t going to Mass & receiving communion after he supports the most pro-abortion politician in U.S. history. Simply disgusting.

    • Eleanore

      Thanks goodness SOMEONE is pro abortion! Let your teenagers come home pregnant and you will be PRO-abortion too!

    • Brad Lodovico

      Religion and politics should be banned from being intertwined with each other.

    • Jeff

      Yes wouldn’t it be better if we had Bush back in. A former coke fiend who claims to care about human life but has no problem sending men and women off to the sands of hell to die in a needless war. But hey as long as he says he’s Pro Life it’s OK, right?

      • Rj

        It always comes back to Bush. Obama is just as bad if not worse than Bush. The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama is a great public speaker.
        Big spending and still at war, Bush and Obama are too similar.

    • Bri

      Pres. Obama is pro-choice he never said abortions are right, he stated its a woman’s choice and no one person should tell a woman what or what not to do with her body. I am also pro-choice but I don’t believe in abortions. I believe God doesn’t make a mistake.

      • Ryan

        You can’t be pro-choice but not believe in abortions. That makes no sense.

      • Bri


        Yes, I can be pro-choice and not believe in abortions because I believe a woman has a choice I would just never make that choice for myself. I believe no person has a right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her Body and that is what pro-choice is about. I know many people who are pro-choice as well as pro-life and they both don’t believe in abortions, the pro-choice people just believe to not make a choice for a woman because it’s not there judgement call that woman has to deal with God with her decision.

      • Bri

        Bun since I can’t reply to your comment,
        Just because he provided abortions rights does not mean he believes in them he just believe in the woman’s choice. I actually know woman who got abortions at 20 weeks the baby is well alive and if only kept in the womb for 4 more weeks have a greater chance to survive. It’s something I would NEVER do in life but that is a woman’s choice that woman has to live with that regret. Yes, I think they would regret and wonder what if and who my child could have became. I am a mother and I felt my child move before I was 12 weeks gestation and heard the heart beat at 6 weeks and was emotionally connected to my unborn child that I wanted nothing to happen too. But there are some woman who does not feel that and can/will get an abortion because of whatever reason. I just wished before it got to a point of abortion they would have used contraception. However, I am still Pro-CHOICE I have no right to judge I am not GOD and neither is anyone else.

      • bun

        President obama believes in and voted for full term abortion rights. Take a look on the net at one of these procedures with an infant lying there and his brains sucked out. These are people, not fetuses! I no longer believe in abortion since viewing that atrocity. It is murder, nothing less.

    • The Other Side

      Did you know historically…. less abortions occur under democrat administrations vs. republican administrations… due to funding of actions to prevent pregnancies in the 1st place… (Sex education….)

    • Kate


  • RSQ

    im going to give up my irish heritage if he campaigns for that idiot i dont get it its time to think not support him just because he is a democrat

    • The Other Side

      Rooney never backed a democrat prior to Obama. So its not voting just because he is a democrat.

      • Goony Rooney

        Rooney supports Obama because he’a old and senile.

  • fartyarty

    his daddy be rolling over in his grave…

  • Maddie

    I’d campaign for a rock before I’d campaign for Barack. Obviously, Dan is having mental deficits!

  • Jim

    He must be getting senile!

  • jon

    Mr. Rooney must be feeling guilty about the mega millions his family made on the backs of many black athletes that sacrificed their bodies playing for the Steelers. Now he thinks he can compensate for these atrocities by campaigning for our first black president. Forget about the poor job Mr. Obama has done in running the greatest country in the world.

    • Century

      Jon,artyarty, and Brad
      I agree with your comments.

    • Bri

      The two has nothing to do with each other just because he owns a team where 80% of the players in the league are black as nothing to do with Pres. Obama, who is also half white. Maybe he agree with his platform and if he does that his opinion. Also, last time a check Pres. Obama is not the only person making these fine decision for this great country of ours, there are two little groups that has a lot of say so of what goes on and they are called the house and senate. Which, Pres. Obama has not use his veto powers because we as the people of this country voted all the members into the house and senate, and he probably feel well the citizens did vote for these people to make decisions for them.

      • Bri

        He may call himself African American but most people of more than one race does identify as only one race because its easier, now the media does and they do that for any person who as an ounce of African American. Many children that are of mix race are taught to side with one race more than the other because it will be easier to fit in which to me is not right. But hey that is the society we live in, if he looks black he is black which takes away the full heritage of that person. But I could bet you he never forgets he’s mix race because he always talks about his mother and grandparentsMost. If you are not of mix race its easy for you to judge; and not just understand and go with what the media says because they are always right…smh. Just like my 80 year old grandfather does not consider himself African American but a Negro because when he was growing up in Alabama that is what he was allowed to catagorize himself. I see the President as being biracial I don’t care what the media says I know how hard it is as a biracial person. But my earlier point was don’t catagorize all black people in one lump sum and Dan Rooney’s politics has nothing to do with the race of the football team. Last time I checked playing in the NFL is a choice they can certainly do something else but most players love the sport.

      • Dave

        He may be half white, but he and the media call him an African American (black), not half… http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama


    Everyone just forgets what the Republicans did to this nation! Inflate everything to then just watch it explode right before they’re voted out of office. Pathetic americans….. VOTE DEMOCRAT AND PLEASE GIVE IT SOME TIME!!! AMERICA WILL BE GRAND AGAIN……..

    • Seeking balance

      re: Vote Democrat

      I will NEVER vote for just 1 party, it’s stupid and irresponsible. You should vote for the best person for the job. This party line nonsense is what has the City of Pittsburgh rapidly going down the tubes!!! And I’m certainly not voting for someone because Dan Rooney (or anyone else) tells me to.. Do your homework and make a responsible decision – THAT is what America is about!

  • Bri

    Dan Rooney’s religious belief has nothing to do with backing Pres. Obama, so please stop putting religion and politics together because they do not go together. In God’s eyes a sin is a sin and we can repent our sins and try to live righteous going forward. With politics I don’t put all my faith into a person that tries to out due another person’s sin, that will lead to distraster, I just pray that the decision they make they will be able to live with. I put faith in GOD and not man!

  • Timmy D.

    The man is resigning as Ambassador to Ireland and everyone on the post has turned it into an abortion debate and preaching about God. Leave the old man alone and let him do whatever he wants.

    • John

      If the old man is campaigning for a person that we believe is bad for OUR future then you better believe there will be comments. This _IS_ the comments section…

      • Timmy D.

        Hey John…I hate Obama as much as the next guy but to turn this article into an abortion debate is ridiculous! That’s all I’m saying. Post your stupid comments if you want. This IS the stupid comment section after all.

  • Honeylmalik

    I have faith in Jesus Christ will help Dan Roodney make the right decision & asking God answer our prayers . God Bless everyone & be praying everyday for the right decision.

    • Bri

      Amen! That’s all we can do!

  • John

    He makes me ashamed of my Irish heritage.

  • brat

    You all have lost your mind bringing a president Non- us resident and if they say he was born in hauwii that was even a part of united states back in 1961 stupid people I tell ya..Bring his dumb ass back in office you dumb people voted for him and he made a ass out of youns

  • LisaG

    Just remember…..every ticket to a Steeler game, every jersey, every towel…every item with a logo on it is money in his pocket to help campain for Obama’s second term. Think long and hard before you purchase another Steeler item.

  • ron


    You make me ashamed of my irish heritage…

    • John

      Wow Ron, that was good.

  • RON




    I find it hilarious that people are talking about being ashamed of their heritage based on one persons political choices/beliefs! Would you feel better if he chose to campaign for Donald Trump or Sarah Palin? I doubt you’ll find a candidate that shares ALL the same beliefs as you. Get over yourselves. I guess you’ll stop supporting the Steelers if he campaigns for PRESIDENT OBAMA too…. You people…. Lol! :)

    • Brad Lodovico

      I know right people are sooo dumb it’s sad sometimes!

  • nuther lie

    Another story that is an out right lie from KD,

  • Rumors

    Is this why KDKA always has to put a question mark after EVERY story? Who gave you this inside information, Marty?

  • Bob

    Keep the Fascist in Ireland!

  • Tom

    Steelers’ fans are just a bunch of bumbling hicks anyway.

    • Timmy D.

      Ooooo! Tom, you really know how to burn people. Steeler Nation is completely intimidated by your quick wit! That must have taken you days to come up with that one! You must have a lot of friends being that funny. Wow.

      • Tom

        case in point

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  • Lori

    Was disgusted when he endorsed him then, and disgusted now.. just sayin

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