Biden honors Irish prime minister, heritage

March 20, 2013 - 9:29 AM
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President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny hold up a bowl of Irish shamrocks during a St. Patrickís Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is stretching the luck of the Irish a few more days as he hosts the country's prime minister for a St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

Biden held the belated celebration Wednesday — a day after he returned from Rome for the pope's installation — in honor of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at his Naval Observatory residence.

The annual breakfast included Irish music, along with traditional cuisine including Irish soda bread.

Biden, wearing a green tie and handkerchief, proclaimed he's five-eighths Irish before reading a poem dated 1919 by his grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt.

Kenny visited the Capitol with President Barack Obama and the White House for a reception on Tuesday.