French President Francois Hollande
President Obama and the first lady welcomed French President Francois Hollande to the White House on a chilly Washington morning.
"It's cold in Washington, you're right but it's a beautiful day, a great day for America and France."
The two leaders got down to business inside the Oval Office, discussing Syria's civil war and Iran's nuclear program.
At a joint news conference, President Obama said the US will not tolerate any companies doing business with Iran while sanctions are still in effect.
"We will come down like a ton of bricks."
The president also acknowledged the current situation on the ground in Syria is horrendous.
"Nobody is going to deny enormous frustration."
Nottingham stand up: France is a key partner in both conflicts and Obama extended this invitation to Hollande to highlight the strong and enduring relationship between the two countries.
Hollande arrived solo in Washington after a tabloid reports of an affair and a recent split from his longtime partner.
The White House has rolled out the red carpet without mention of the French President's personal drama.
And the leaders already plan to meet again, President Obama has accepted Hollande's invitation to visit France in June to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.