DUBLIN, IRELAND – Addressing a crowd of approximately 2,000 at the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day Celebration here on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that Americans are the “luckiest people on the face of the Earth,” in no small part because of the hard work and friendship of the Irish people. 

“While I know it’s all about ‘the luck of the Irish,’ in my view, Americans are the luckiest people on the face of the Earth,” Speaker Boehner said. “Because we inherited the greatest fortune known to man: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  And guess what?  We’ve got the best friends in the world.  So I just want to wish all of you a very happy Fourth of July.”

Speaker Boehner arrived in Ireland on Thursday for talks on trade and economic ties following visits to LithuaniaFinland, and Poland.  His bipartisan delegation includes Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). 

On Friday afternoon, Speaker Boehner talked about opportunities for growth through trade and energy at an annual Independence Day Lunch hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. 

Speaker Boehner concluded his remarks at the luncheon by saying, “Tomorrow’s the Fourth of July.  It’s not just celebrating the birth of a nation. It’s celebrating the birth of an idea – an idea that people can be free, people can govern themselves, and people can be whatever they want themselves to be.  239 years later, this idea – this experiment in democracy – continues.  And while I’d probably prefer to be in West Chester, Ohio ... it’s really wonderful to be here in Ireland, where I feel like I’m with family.”