On Tuesday, March 9, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos was invited to the White House in commemoration of Greek Independence Day. Together with His Eminence was Archbishop Demetrios and the other members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the celebration two weeks ahead of the actual date, March 25, due to his upcoming trip to Asia.