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PHOTOS: President Obama bounces a soccer ball off his head with LA Galaxy, honors LA Kings

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President Barack Obama bounces a soccer ball off his head during an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, center, flanked by LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, left, and coach Bruce Arena, right, throws the soccer ball to the crowd during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, honoring the Stanley Cup hockey champion Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy for their 2012 championship seasons.

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Members of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team watch as US President Barack Obama reaches to catch a soccer ball after bouncing it off his head during an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Stanley Cup Winning LA Kings And MLS Champions LA Galaxy Honored At White House

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President Barack Obama hosts a ceremony honoring players and coaches from the National Hockey League Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama holds a soccer ball during an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Stanley Cup Winning LA Kings And MLS Champions LA Galaxy Honored At White House

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President Barack Obama hosts a ceremony honoring players and coaches from the National Hockey League Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013.

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President Barack Obama poses with members of the LA Galaxy during an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Stanley Cup Winning LA Kings And MLS Champions LA Galaxy Honored At White House

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President Barack Obama hosts a ceremony honoring players and coaches from the National Hockey League Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Flanked by members of the LA Kings hockey team (L) and LA Galaxy soccer team (R) President Barack Obama speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A member of the audience photographs the US Presidential seal on a lectern before an event in the East Room of the White House March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.


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.

With contributions by AP

Mike Roe
Mike Roe, Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe is the lead writer for KPCC's pop culture blog, Without A Net. When he's not busy being a journalist, he writes and performs comedy around L.A.

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