August 12th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
(WASHINGTON) - President Obama welcomed the Green Bay Packers to the White House South Lawn this afternoon to celebrate their Super Bowl victory last February. He said it was a pretty difficult thing to do considering he's a Chicago Bears fan.
"This hurts a little bit. This is a hard thing for a Bears fan to do. It doesn’t hurt as much as the NFC Championship game hurt - but it still hurts - you guys coming to my house to rub it in," Obama said. "What are you going to do - go to Ditka’s house next?"
He also welcomed the fact that the NFL lockout had ended.
"Like every football fan, I was thrilled to have the lockout ended. Nobody likes long, frustrating negotiations with a rigid opposition, taking it to the brink," he joked.
The president received the standard gift of a team jersey- this time it was the number one with the name "Commander in Chief". Charles Woodson, defensive back for the Packers, also presented Obama with a part ownership of the Green Bay Packers, which is the only publicly owned professional sports team.
"All the fans own the team, and it hurts us a little bit to give you this, as well but we give you shares of the Green Bay Packers," Woodson said.
"We figured this is the only way we could get you away from the Bears," added head coach Mike McCarthy.