Pres. Obama, Irish Prime Minister to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

By: Washington AP Email
By: Washington AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is marking his fifth St. Patrick's Day in the White House with a schedule of Irish-themed events.

Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office before heading to the Capitol for an annual luncheon. Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors will perform.

Obama also meets with Peter Robinson, the leader of Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant government, and Robinson's deputy, Martin McGuinness, to discuss progress toward reconciliation.

The Obamas will host an evening reception where the president will receive a bowl of shamrocks from Kenny. It's a tradition started under President Harry Truman.

The events are taking place Tuesday because St. Patrick's Day fell on a Sunday this year.

Obama leaves Tuesday evening for a trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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