Monday, March 19, 2012

Tuesday: President Obama Will Welcome Irish Prime Minister To White House

St. Pat's Day, Part 2: Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits for annual celebration...
UPDATE: A post about the event IS HERE
After celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a pint of Guinness at DC pub The Dubliner on Saturday, President O'bama, who claims ancestral roots in the Emerald Isle, will again be celebrating the holiday on Tuesday, March 20th. Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland and his wife Mrs. Fionnuala Kenny will make their annual pilgrimage to to the White House. (Above: The President and Prime Minister with their wives in the Green Room)

The President and Vice President Joe Biden--who also claims Irish ancestry--will meet with the Taoiseach at 10:10 AM. At noon, the trio will attend a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the U.S. Capitol. In the evening, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the annual St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House. The 7:00 PM event will be in the East Room.

"The President looks forward to commemorating his fourth St. Patrick’s Day in the White House with the Taoiseach and Mrs. Kenny, and to reciprocating the warm hospitality the Irish people extended to the President and Mrs. Obama during their visit to the Emerald Isle in May 2011," the White House said.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland will also join the President at the White House on Tuesday. They'll "discuss their progress toward meeting their shared commitments to a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Northern Ireland," the White House said.

On Tuesday morning, the Vice President will host a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for Taoiseach Kenny at the Naval Observatory.

"The United States and Ireland share strong bilateral relations, deep cultural ties, and a commitment to positive change in the world," the White House said.

On March 21-22, President Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House, taken in the Green Room on St. Patrick's Day 2011