Posted by Ryan Wilson
Charles Woodson is a man of his word. After President Barack Obama announced that he would attend the Super Bowl if his hometown Chicago Bears beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game last January, Woodson spoke bluntly.
"The president don't want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what?" Woodson said after the Packers beat the Bears but before they faced the Steelers. "We're going to see him."
And so the Packers will. The President has invited the team to visit the White House on August 12 to honor them as Super Bowl champions. We can only hope that when the team presents President Obama with his very own Packers jersey, Woodson is allowed to do the honors. And given Obama's comments some seven months ago (see video below), it sounds like this will be the latest addition to his extensive Packers jersey collection.
Also: it's worth noting that shortly after Green Bay defeated Chicago, Obama, appearing at a technology and clean energy company in Manitowoc, WI, acknowledged that "[The NFC Championship Game] was a tough day for Bears fans. … But even if it didn't go the way that I wanted, I am glad to see that one of the greatest rivalries in sports is still there. And we will get you next year -- I'm just letting you know. Congratulations. In the spirit of sportsmanship, I wish you good luck in the Super Bowl."
As for the "we will get you next year" promise, Wisconsin congressmen Paul Ryan might take issue with that.
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