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BCS National Champ Auburn Tigers visit the White House

President Obama, flanked by Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik and the players of the  2010 BCS National Champions. President Obama, flanked by Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik and the players of the 2010 BCS National Champions.
By Dennis Washington - bio | email
 
President Barack Obama welcomed the Auburn Tigers to The White House on Wednesday in honor of the team's BCS championship victory.

The team and Obama gathered in the East Room where Obama greeted them with a familiar sound.

"Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers," Obama said. "War Eagle!"

Obama also joked about the unusual heat in the nation's capitol.

"I noticed ya'll brought some Alabama weather up here, too."

Obama took a moment to recognize his former press secretary, Robert Gibbs, who was born and raised in Auburn and attended today's ceremony with his son.

"The biggest Auburn fan I've ever met, Robert Gibbs, is in the house!" Obama joked.

Obama paused with the light-hearted jokes for a moment to commend the team on its efforts to help its in-state rivals recover from the devastating tornadoes.  The team was originally scheduled to visit The White House on April 29, two days after the tornadoes. Instead, Obama visited Tuscaloosa to look at recovery efforts.

"It was a heart-breaking visit," Obama said. "You don't understand the devastation until you see it."

Obama praised the team for its relief work.

"This team knows in time like this we are on the same team," Obama said. "We are all Americans."

Obama then resumed some of the jokes, noting this was the team's first national football title since before he was born.

"And I've got some gray hair," Obama said.

Obama commended the team on coming back several times to win, including the 27-24 victory over Alabama.

"I'm busy, but I watched that game," Obama said. "That was unbelievable."

Obama thanked the team for taking time during their visit to meet with school children in Washington, D.C.

After his remarks, Kodi Burns presented President Obama with an Auburn helmet and jersey.
 
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