Obama has 'confidence' in Renzi's reforms
US president 'impressed' by Italian premier's energy27 March, 17:16
Obama added that he was "favourably impressed by the energy" of Renzi and that his arrival was positive for Italy and for a new generation of European leaders.
He also said he was "anxious" to receive Renzi at the White House.
Renzi, meanwhile, said Obama was a "source of inspiration" for him and his cabinet. "Today's talks confirm the great friendship and partnership (between the US and Italy)," the centre-left Italian leader said.
He said Obama's campaign slogan "Yes we can" also applies in today's Italy and that he was modelling his economic policy on the US president's. "We opted to use the same name, Jobs Act, to find work for young people," he said.
"The US is a model but Italy needs to do its own homework through structural reforms".