Obama hosts championship team at the White House
President Obama recieves a jersey from the UConn mens basketball team at the White House
May 16th, 2011
07:32 PM ET

Obama hosts championship team at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) -They are the reigning champions of men’s college basketball, and their winning ways got the UConn Huskies to the White House Monday for a celebration with President Obama.

But amid the fanfare of the East Room ceremony, Obama couldn’t help but remind the champions of how their victory spoiled his prospects along with those of many other disappointed Americans. “Let’s face it, this was a tough year for a lot of brackets because teams like this one shocked the world,” Obama said. “So next time you guys decide to reel off 11 straight wins, please let me know ahead of time.” Obama had picked the Kansas Jayhawks to take it all.

All kidding aside, Obama marveled at how a young team who finished the regular season tied for ninth place in their league, ended up pulling through and winning a national title.

With the entire team standing behind him, Obama said “even though there were some rough spots during the season, these players just put their heads down, they worked hard, and they focused on winning the games that counted.”

“And like you, Mr. President, yes, we did. We did because we cared,” Huskies coach Jim Calhoun later quipped making reference to Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan.

Before receiving a team jersey with his name on it, Obama was asked by Coach Calhoun if he would like to play one on one with team star Kemba Walker. “As long as he’s wearing street shoes and a suit,” Obama joked.

Topics: Basketball • President Obama

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ajou

    UCONN 2011 Highlights –


    May 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  2. willard

    Obama are not champion but he is not strong for united state of amercian so he is still weak on encomy

    May 19, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • che-3

      You have been living in an ant hole for far too long.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Bleu

      You weak in grammar...You no know what you talk about...obama will crush any GOP contenders...Stock up on tissues now ...You'll need them...

      May 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Che-3; LOL!!

    May 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  4. butlerbulldawg74

    With all the controversy surrounding this team I can honestly say I'd rather lose the right way, than win the wrong way.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:38 am |