President Barack Obama and Packers cornerback Charles Woodson playfully sparred in a Super Bowl XLV victory celebration that rekindled memories of the Packers’ 2010 championship season.
“I’m just going to come out and say it. This hurts a little bit This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do,” Obama jokingly said in addressing a crowd gathered on the White House lawn on Friday afternoon. “You guys come into my house and rub it in. What are you going to do, go to Ditka’s house next?”
The President’s remarks were in reference to Woodson’s comments following the Packers’ win over the Bears in the NFC title game last January. After Obama said he would go to the Super Bowl if the Bears won, Woodson said in a passionate postgame victory speech that if the President wouldn’t come to see the Packers, the Packers would go to see him. Today, Woodson and his teammates made good on that promise.
“I guess I especially have to welcome Charles Woodson,” Obama said. “I gave Charles a little bulletin board material last year.”
The Packers presented Obama with a Packers jersey and a share in the team, which elicited this remark from the President: “We should initiate a trade to send (Aaron) Rodgers to the Bears.”
Woodson then reminded the President he is a minority owner.
Obama praised the Packers and their fans and singled out team President Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
“I learned something all quarterbacks have been learning for a long time: Don’t mess with Charles Woodson,” Obama said. “Your defense was flying all over the place, like Clay Matthews’ hair.”
Of Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, Obama said: “He’s one of the best quarterbacks, perhaps, of all time.”
“Even a Bears fan can admit the relationship between Green Bay and its team is something special,” Obama said, then cautionedf: “Congratulations. Enjoy it while it lasts because Bears fans have two dates circled on their calendars.”
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