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White House Fountain Turns Green For St. Patrick's Day


President Obama is marking St. Patrick's Day with several events today -- including the traditional meeting with the Irish Taoiseach (that is, the prime minister) and a reception at the White House tonight.

But there's one new tradition that appeared this morning. The fountain on the north lawn of the White House was tinted green, as you can see above.

An aide said it's a salute to Mr. Obama's home town Chicago - where they dye the river the color of money, reports CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller. The Associated Press adds that First Lady Michelle Obama came up with the idea.

To read more about Mr. Obama's meeting with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his other events of the day, click here.

Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the Irish foreign minister yesterday at the State Department. To read about their remarks on the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, click here.

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