During the Friends of Ireland luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, President Donald Trump seemed to have weeds spilling out of his blazer. However POTUS — who has been criticized for his style in the past, such as for wearing tape on the back of his tie — was actually following the example of many presidents before him with this sartorial form of appreciation for the Irish.
While there are plenty of presidential traditions for St. Patrick’s Day, such as inviting an Irish leader to the White House and exchanging bowls of shamrocks (Taoiseach Leo Varadkar got the honor this year), not all presidents stick to the same dress code for the holiday. Some have instead worn green ties or enamel shamrock lapel pins. Or, in President Barack Obama’s case, he took things one step further by grabbing a Guinness. Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, here’s a look at how some of the presidents have styled themselves for the occasion.