Friday, August 12, 2011

Obama Is Newest, If Reluctant, Cheesehead

President becomes part-owner of team as he honors Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers...
"I’m just going to come out and say it: This hurts a little bit," the Bears Lover In Chief admitted on Friday afternoon as he welcomed the Green Bay Packers to the White House to congratulate them for their Super Bowl XLV championship. "You guys coming to my house to rub it in. What are you going to do -- go to Ditka’s house next?"

Much to President Obama's disappointment, the Packers, lead by head coach Mike McCarthy, finished the 2010 season with a winning record of 10-6, and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in the big game.

Cheeseheads were in the big crowd watching the ceremony on the South Lawn as the team presented the President with an honorary jersey, a helmet, and perhaps worst of all, ownership shares of the publicly-held team.

"We figured this is the only way we could get you away from the Bears," McCarthy told the President, to laughter. The president had a better idea, suggesting that the Packers' star quarterback Aaron Rodgers join his team.

"I think we should initiate a trade to send Rodgers down to the Bears," he said.

It was the Packers' fourth Super Bowl win and a record 13th NFL championship. The President had a big party at the White House to watch the game, notable because it was the very first time homebrewed White House Honey Ale was ever served.

Despite his status as an owner, the President threatened to intervene if the Packers look like they're heading for the next Super Bowl.

"If you guys are on a roll by then, just keep in mind that there’s only--one person here who can ground all planes in and out of Green Bay -- if he has to," the President said to more laughter.

He autographed fans' cheesehead hats after the ceremony.

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