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Thanks, (Michelle) Obama: White House Fountain Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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On Wednesday the fountain on the south side of the White House was dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. President Biden is continuing the regular tradition that started in 2009 thanks to former first lady Michelle Obama. She got the green inspiration from Chicago’s annual river dyeing that marks the holiday, and former President Trump continued the waterworks during his tenure, too. It looks…great? ?

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Rosa joined Washingtonian in 2016 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She covers arts and culture for the magazine. She’s written about anti-racism efforts at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, dinosaurs in the revamped fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the horrors of taking a digital detox. When she can, she performs with her family’s Puerto Rican folkloric music ensemble based in Jersey City. She lives in Adams Morgan.