Presidential Punting: No Helmet Hair for Obama

Apr 21, 2009 3:09pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: The sporting-related events at the White House continued again today. President Obama presented the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Navy football team, an honor awarded at the end of every football season to the military academy with the best intra-academy record. This is the sixth-consecutive year the Navy Midshipmen have received the title. "Welcome to the White House," President Obama said and commented on their frequent visits for the last six years. "By now you know your way around here better than I do." The president joked that the team’s unofficial motto, “no excuses, nobody cares,” is also the first lady’s motto for him. Standing with the seniors on the team who will soon graduate and then join the military, President Obama commented about their upcoming transition, saying that they will soon “trade one proud uniform for another,” and that they — along with other graduating military academy seniors — will be “joining the same team now.” “Football makes boys into men and the academy makes men into leaders,” the president said, promising that he will stand behind them as they stand for the country. The president was presented with a gold helmet by the Midshipmen’s captain, signed by all the members of the team. "Nice looking helmet. Do you think it would fit?” Sizing up the helmet, the president answered his own question with a “no” and showing that — if he’s learned anything in the 92 days of his presidency so far — it’s the rules of presidential headwear. “There’s a rule for presidents. You never put anything on your head." — Sunlen Miller

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