05/23/2011 10:49 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2011

Obama: If Lawmakers Misbehave, 'Give Them A Little Paddle' (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama joked that if members of congress misbehave, give them "a little paddle" on Monday in Ireland.

The president made the comment after Taoiseach Enda Kenny handed him a long stick used in the game of hurling. Taking the object in his hand, he quipped with a smile, “If members of Congress aren’t behaving, give ’em a little paddle, a little hurl.”

The AP relays the latest on the president's trip to Ireland:

President Barack Obama paid a joyful visit Monday to the small Irish village where his great-great-great grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker, an improbable and memorable pilgrimage for America's first black president into his Irish past.

Obama walked the thronged Main Street of Moneygall, where his thrice-removed grandfather on his Kansas-born mother's side, Falmouth Kearney, lived until leaving for the United States in 1850 at the height of Ireland's Great Famine. Obama's roots in the town were discovered during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Along with first lady Michelle Obama, the president even got to hug a distant relative: Henry Healy, a 26-year-old accountant for a plumbing firm who discovered four years ago he was one of Obama's closest Irish relatives.

Via Fox News comes video of Obama's joke: