ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 17, 2013) (POOL) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Camerontoured the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School where both Protestants and Catholic students attend on Monday (June 17).
Wearing shirts and ties the two leaders met schoolchildren and teachers, and one pupil read Obama a poem which prompted a cheer from both men.
Obama, who often visits schools, did most of the talking during the extended photo op, chatting easily with the children, ages 10 and 11, who were learning about the G8 nations.
In the school playground Obama and Cameron then helped children who were painting a mural.
Obama asked the children if they trusted him to help them paint and asked Cameron if he could handle the task.
The U.S. president also asked the children if the weather was "pretty typical weather. Huh we finally got some sun," he said.
When they had finished the children gave both men three cheers.
Obama faces a tougher test later when he meets the Russian president in what could be a frosty G8 meeting after the Kremlin chief clashed with the West over plans to arm Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
At their first private face-to-face meeting in a year, Obama will try to convince Putin to bring Assad to the negotiating table but the Russian leader has shown little sign of compromise.
On the summit's eve, Putin described Assad's foes as cannibals who ate their enemy's intestines in front of media cameras