Obama stopped his many duties on Wednesday for a brief focus on football. Not professional football, that is, but that of the 2010 BCS National Champions.
Greeting the Group
Obama greeted the 150 members of the Auburn delegation and spent 15 minutes with them during the ceremony. This was Auburn’s first national championship team in 53 years, and the Auburn Tigers were excited to be there, in front of President Barack Obama. The ceremony started as Obama introduced the players and ended as wide receiver Kodi Burns presented the president with an Auburn helmet and a national championship jersey that said “1” and “Obama” on it.During the presentation, Obama gave praise to the 90 players from the team and spoke of their accomplishments, including the come-back over Alabama to win the Iron Bowl. He singled out Heisman Trophy-winner Cam Newton and Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley for their individual accomplishments.
Chest Bump for Obama
Obama pointed at that
“They won their first national title since before I was born…And I’m getting quite a bit of grey hair. So that was a long wait for the Tiger fans.”
After speaking about the team, Obama spent the time shaking the hand of every member of the Tigers’ group, and he even got a chest bump from wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor.Certainly, meeting the President was the highlight of the trip for the Auburn group. They flew to Washington on Wednesday morning where they first toured the Lincoln Memorial and visited some children before heading to the White House.As cornerback T’Sharvan Bell said, “It was like a dream. When we came in, everyone was looking around and their mouths dropped, and their eyes were as big as quarters.”