President Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

oday, President Obama welcomed Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland, to the White House. While both men have had the occasion to engage in a bit of St. Patrick's Day revelry, there was plenty of grave business on the agenda for this morning's meeting.President Obama explained:We have had a great discussion about a wide range of issues.
Clearly for both our countries, one of the biggest priorities is receiving the economy moving in the right direction and putting our people back to work. And the Taoiseach described to me the steps that they've taken to try to steady the banking system there, to get control of their budget, and to be in location to grow in the future.
And it is significant that both the people of Ireland and the American people understand the extraordinary remuneration of trade, commerce, and investment between our two countries. We are, clearly, an extraordinary contributor to investment in Ireland, and that's something of great significance to the people of Ireland. Conversely, Irish businesses invest and employ huge numbers of Americans as well.Earlier, Vice President Biden hosted the Taoiseach for breakfast at the Naval Observatory, and all three leaders attended a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the United States Capitol.

Later tonight, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host a St. Patrick’s Day welcome in the East Room. You can watch live at 7:00 PM ET.





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