Fountains at the White House ran green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as Obama welcomed the Irish prime minister, Brian Cowen.
At a White House press conference, Mr. Cowen presented—as per tradition—Obama with a Waterford Crystal bowl filled with shamrocks. The two leaders gave speeches reaffirming the friendship and solidarity between their two countries. The only glitch occurred when, about twenty seconds into what he thought was his speech, Mr. Cowen realized he was repeating Obama’s speech, which had accidentally been recycled through the teleprompter due to a technical problem.
Perhaps Obama is starting to get the hang of this—we’ll see.