Reporting from Washington — President Obama donned a green tie and squired Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny around Washington for a day of meals as part of an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
After breakfasting with Vice President Joe Biden, Kenny met Obama in the Oval Office.
“Technically, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day,” the president said. “We like to prolong the party around here.”
Turning to more serious issues, the president said he was confident Kenny would be able to “get Ireland moving again.”
The next stop on the party tour was the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon with House Speaker John A. Boehner at the Capitol, where tenor David O'Leary sang. After the lunch, the prime minister, Boehner and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) escorted President Obama to his car outside the Capitol, while the U.S. Air Force Reserve Pipe Band played. Kenny will be back at the White House for a reception Tuesday evening.
Later in the afternoon, Kenny briefed members of Congress on Ireland’s economy and relationship with Europe. King, who chairs the Friends of Ireland group, described the meeting as “extremely fruitful.”