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March 21, 2012 1:46 pm

President Obama Hosts Irish Prime Minister at White House

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (far right) greet people on Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland on 23 May 2011.

Boston.com/AP – President Barack Obama celebrated an extended St. Patrick’s Day at the White House Tuesday with a visit from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who assured Obama that his debt-ridden nation would make an economic comeback.

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside the Irish leader, Obama expressed his confidence in Kenny’s government, saying he believed it would be able “to get Ireland moving again.” He said the two leaders also discussed the larger issue of European growth, which Obama said would have a positive impact on the U.S. economy.

“Obviously for both our countries, one of the biggest priorities is getting the economy moving in the right direction and putting our people back to work,” Obama said.

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