Tag:Packers White House visits
Posted on: August 12, 2011 8:59 pm

VIDEO: Barack Obama has some fun with Packers

Barack Obama welcomes Green Bay to the White House (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Packers visited the White House today in order to be congratulated for winning the Super Bowl, and naturally President Obama, a big Bears fan, didn’t mind commenting on the NFC North division rivalry between the two squads.

“I’m just going to come out and say it, this hurts a little bit,” Obama said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. "You guys come to my house to rub it in. What are you going to do next, go to Ditka’s house?”

Obama also took some time for CB Charles Woodson, who you’ll remember said this after the NFC title game when Green Bay beat the Bears (Obama had already said that if the Bears made it to the Super Bowl, he would go to the game): "The president don't want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what? We're going to see him."

Said Obama in response (you can see it in the video below): “Basically Charles has been giving me a hard time for several months. Now I know what every NFL quarterback knows, don’t mess with Charles Woodson.”

Woodson then presented the president with a stock certificate, making him a part owner of the team, which then led Obama to say this:
"If I'm a part-owner, I think we should initiate a trade to send [QB Aaron] Rodgers down to the Bears."

Which then led to the White House issuing a clarification, making sure everybody knew that he would want Rodgers to be Jay Cutler’s backup. Said the White House: “The President understands the value of having a reliable backup.”

Afterward, Rodgers had this to say to the assembled media: “Being a history major, this is a special experience for me. It’s incredible to be able to spend time with the president. It’s a special day. “

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