Gushing Green, Like the Chicago River

photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
We, in Chicago, are in good company! (see blog post from March 17, 2009)

"So you’re wondering whose idea it was to make the White House fountains gush green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?

First Lady Michelle Obama came up with it, inspired by the festivities in her hometown of Chicago, where the city marks the holiday by dyeing the river green, Obama administration officials said.

It is the first time the water in the White House fountains has been dyed. (President Obama was also feeling a bit nostalgic for his hometown celebrations on Tuesday, calling the St. Patrick’s Day parade on the south side of Chicago “one of the great events.”)..."

This article appeared in the New York Times written by Rachel L. Swarns on March 17th, 2009.