Watch Cubs 'Pardon' President Obama During Hillarious White House Visit
- Author: Stacy Houston Jan 17, 2017,
Jan 17, 2017, 0:43
The role of Democratic National Committee chairman is now up for election (to be held in February). "I've talked to him about being DNC chair", Obama said of the former Boston Red Sox general manager.
"It took you long enough", Obama joked, noting that the team last won the series when Teddy Roosevelt was president.
Having grown up on Chicago's South Side, he said, she remembered as a young girl coming home from school to find her father planted before Cubs games on TV.
The President said he hoped Epstein could help reverse the fortunes of another organization.
It was as poetic as the end of a White House tenure could possibly be, with the first African-American president of the United States conducting his last official White House ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
As for Obama, his most consistent sports trait is his deep Chicago loyalty - from the Bulls and the Bears to his beloved White Sox.
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Because the Cubs had not had the honor of visiting the White House in over a century, the organization brought some of their franchise greats. And I was in my hometown of Chicago on Tuesday for my farewell address, and I said, sometimes it's not enough just to change laws, you gotta change hearts.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
In addition, the president was given a tile from Wrigley Field's historic center field scoreboard, a W flag signed by the team, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field. Michelle shook hands with the players and told them how much the Cubs winning meant to her. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
"Even though it will be hard for me to wear a jersey, do know that, among Sox fans, I am the Cubs' No. 1 fan", Obama joked. "There's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here".
"Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we are", he said.
The president finished the event by emphasizing the power that sports has to "bring us together even when the country is divided".