September 18th, 2012
02:07 PM ET
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – President Obama welcomed WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx to the White House to celebrate their championship season.
The Lynx started the 2011 season being one of the worst team in the WNBA but they went on to win the title by beating the Atlanta Dream last October.
“This team has come a long way to get here. Just two years ago, the Lynx had the worst record in the WNBA. I’m just saying. But they didn’t let it get them down. They got to work,” the president said.
Among the players present at the East Room ceremony were rookie star Maya Moore, veterans Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen. Seimone Augustus, the Finals MVP after averaging nearly 25 points a game, presented President Obama with a Lynx jersey with his name on it.
The president told the team that he admired the team for all their accomplishments but mainly for being good role models for his daughters.
“You don’t see them on Sports Center doing stupid stuff. They play the game the right way. They compete fiercely, but they’re good, great sportswomen,” Obama said. “And so they’re just wonderful examples for my daughters and my niece, and for so many parents I think we all feel really, really great about what the WNBA has accomplished, but what this team in particular has accomplished.”
September 18th, 2012
07:51 AM ET
A busy Tuesday as President Obama welcomes the WNBA champs at the White House this morning. Then he turns to campaign mode as he heads to New York City to tape "Letterman" then hits two fundraisers including one hosted by singer and celebrity Beyoncé Knowles at husband and rapper Jay-Z's club "40/40".
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
1:10PM THE PRESIDENT welcomes WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House / East Room/ Open Press
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/ South Lawn/ Open Press
2:15PM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route New York City/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
3:10PM THE PRESIDENT arrives New York City / John F. Kennedy International Airport / Open Press FULL POST