Obama welcomes Irish PM to White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is celebrating an extended St. Patrick’s Day at the White House with a visit by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

In the Oval Office with the Irish leader, Obama thanked the Irish for the warm welcome he received in Ireland last year and pledged to return with his wife, Michelle.

Obama and Kenny, along with Vice President Joe Biden, will attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill later Tuesday. The president and first lady will also host a reception for Kenny at the White House in the evening.

The president told reporters that he and Kenny reviewed the global economy and Irish efforts to get control of its budget.