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BCS National Champ Crimson Tide visits the White House

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Overcast, breezy day on the South Lawn, where President Obama congratulated the Alabama Crimson Tide on their most recent national championship. A four-piece band played sweet smooth jazz as about 150 family and friends watched as the team filed down the two staircases. (One diaper-wearing, blonde-haired future running back got a good workout out on the grass.)

POTUS and head coach Nick Saban strolled out from the West Wing and to the podium. POTUS began with a "Roll Tide!" and said it was good to see Alabama again. He congratulated them on their 15th title and third in four years and joked that the players are starting to "learn their way around the White House." He said they have "I was thinking about just having some cots here, they're here so often, but we couldn't find any that were big enough."

He gave warm regards to the family and friends of longtime Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who passed away recently. POTUS then recounted some of the highlights of the 2012 season. After the Tide took the lead 28-0 over Notre Dame at halftime, "that's when I stopped watching," he said.

He complimented Katherine Webb beau A.J. McCarron (oh, he's also the quarterback) for "showing the kind of poise that very few 22-year-olds possess." POTUS noted that since it appears that McCarron will be coming back for 2013, he will be subjecting SEC defenses "to a little more pain."

He said that credit should also go to family, friends, coaches and grocers: "These guys eat a lot." Finally, he said that "since I'll be president for four more years, I expect that I just might see these guys again."

Saban then stepped up and expressed thankfulness for all that Obama does for our country. McCarron then presented POTUS with a #15 Obama jersey, helmet and football. Saban joked that now that he has the gear, they'll schedule a meeting about playing time. POTUS: "Keep me on the bench."

Band then kicked up -- you guessed it -- "Sweet Home Alabama" and Saban headed to the ropeline to greet the family and friends and take photos with them. POTUS stuck around to shake hands with every Tide player before moving to the ropeline and shaking even more hands. Sen. Jeff Sessions was in the crowd and appeared to greet the president. Sessions then took a photo in front of the White House with a pair of aides.

POTUS then walked across the grass toward the Oval Office.

Paul Conner
Associat Editor
The Daily Caller

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