President Obama has moved on from doing his own NCAA March Madness brackets to talking Los Angeles sports wins.
Obama welcomed our Stanley Cup champion hockey team the L.A. Kings, as well as soccer champions the L.A. Galaxy, in a White House ceremony honoring their championship seasons.
Obama showed that he could have been a Galaxy team member in another life, bouncing a soccer ball off his head that Galaxy star Landon Donovan gave him. He also received jerseys from both the Galaxy and the Kings with his name on them.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said ahead of the event that he would be letting Obama know what he felt about a controversial pipeline he'd like to see built from Canada to Nebraska, according to Canada's Globe and Mail. Time will tell if that puck hit the net.
The Stanley Cup was also displayed in the East Room of the White House, according to the Associated Press. Does he know that a dog once ate out of that thing? I hope it’s been Purelled.
Obama said that both the Kings and the Galaxy have remarkable comeback stories, but he couldn’t resist a dig — he said he wished his hometown of Chicago had been champions instead. Did you have to say that to our faces, man? Come on!
Both teams also hosted an exercise clinic for kids on the South Lawn of the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” anti-childhood obesity campaign. They’ll probably want to advocate lower-calorie diets than those the Kings enjoy.