Obama Almost Drew the Ire O' the Irish

From CBS News' John Bentley:

SCRANTON, PA. – Barack Obama almost made a huge St. Patrick's Day mistake – forgetting to wear green.

When asked by a reporter where his green was earlier in the day, he confessed that it had slipped his mind. Fortunately for him, a supporter took off his own mint green tie and loaned it to Obama before he spoke this evening before the Irish Women's Society. If he had not, he would have likely been the only one in the room not wearing the green, a fact that most likely would not have been lost on the invitation-only crowd of around 500 who were dressed in their finest green clothing

They heard Obama give a quick 10-minute speech about the determination and hard work of the Irish, adding that he had a little Irish blood in him as well. "It never hurts to be a little Irish in you when you're running for the Presidency of the United States of America," he said.

Outside of the event, supporters held green signs that read "O'Bama." "When I am President, Ireland will have a friend in the White House," he said. "Hopefully, I can earn the honor of an apostrophe in Obama."