Taoiseach Enda Kenny was left momentarily speechless after a young boy described him as his "inspiration" during a visit to Atlanta, Georgia
Jack Caffrey (11) approached Mr Kenny at an event in the city's town hall to discuss his Irish roots.
The young school kid, who has relatives from county Clare, caused the Taoiseach to blush after describing him as one of his favourite political leaders.
"I've always had a favourite in politics and things, and so I've always looked to important people, Winston Churchill and the Irish Prime minister," Jack said.
"I like that he always had confidence in the stand of any trouble, because Ireland's been through some tough times and he's been able to lead them and nothing stands in his way."
Jack told Mr Kenny that he is currently studying economics of Latin America, to which Mr Kenny replied: "Good for you, you must have a good teacher."
Jack respond: "Yes, he's my favourite, he's well organised, just like you."
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mr Kenny described Jack as a young talent.
"His comments about me are his comments, and obviously I'll take them from a young lad in that spirit. But it's the way in which he expressed himself and how he used his language is certainly revealing about a young talent."
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