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Obama, lawmakers bring Irish culture to US

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and top lawmakers brought a wee bit of Ireland to Washington, donning green ties and a festive mood in a belated celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Shamrock in his jacket pocket, Obama hosted Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny for a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday -- two days after the official holiday, which fell on a Sunday this year. "It also gives us an excuse to stretch out St. Patrick's Day for a couple of extra days," he said.

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