Obama fetes world-champion Chicago Cubs, his (wife's) favorite

The entranceway to the 2017 Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Chicago
The entranceway to the 2017 Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Chicago
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17 January, 2017

According to pool reports, a few hundred people gathered in the East Room for the ceremony - the crowd included Valerie Jarrett nd David Axelrod, resplendent in a "Bryant Rizzo '16 Make Chicago Great Again" T-shirt worn under his sports jacket. After some light remarks, Epstein got serious and thanked the President for the dignity and integrity with which he served the United States over the past eight years. The coming years may bring reasons for championship teams not to visit the White House, just as an increasing number of players are declining to stay in Trump's hotels, angered by his divisive rhetoric.

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein on Monday "pardoned" Obama for supporting the Chicago White Sox for all these years.

Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist, right, and manager Joe Maddon, Hazleton celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians in November in Cleveland. He joked with Theo Epstein about becoming the chairperson of the Democratic National Party.

- "It took you long enough". But not even I was insane enough to promise that the Cubs would win the World Series.

Finally, the Cubs gave Obama and his family a lifetime pass to the Friendly Confines, and Mrs. Obama should get plenty of use out of it, as she grew up a Cubs fan in the Windy City. Some of those players were also in attendance Monday, including Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Jose Cardenal.

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"David Ross and I have something in common". My admiration for the President is no secret either; seeing President Obama and the Cubs together -It's a dream come true- I am just over the moon. "It's more than about sports". "I nearly choked up listening to it, and it spoke to how people feel about this organization".

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"Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle, but ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were", Obama said. "One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside Wrigley, and we're watching him being interviewed. and he's looking kind of sheepish about it, and it's like, 'Why aren't you in the office?!"

"It is a game and a celebration, but there's a direct line between Jackie Robison and me standing here".


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