Washington, Mar.18 (ANI): The fountains on the north and south lawns of the White House turned to a magnificent green colour to mark the Irish national holiday of St.Patrick's Day, during the visit of the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.
"This is an affirmation between one of the strongest bonds between peoples that exists in the world," Obama said as he met Cowen in at Oval office.
Michelle Obama ordered the White House fountains to run green for the St Patrick's Day celebrations, The Telegraph reports.
The First Lady said she was inspired by the celebrations in her hometown of Chicago, where the city marks the holiday by dyeing the river green.
The green dye is being used across the US in food and drink to mark St. Patrick's Day
Obama said his mother's background could be traced to Ireland, so he was very much interested in the celebrations.
"We may be cousins. We haven't sorted that through yet," Obama told Cowen jokingly. (ANI)