Obama Meets the Chicago Blackhawks, Who ‘Helped Chicago Become a Hockey Town Again’

Mar 11, 2011 5:07pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

President Obama hosts a lot of sports teams at the White House, but today was a bit “sweeter,” he said, being that the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, were from his hometown.

The president put the other Chicago teams on notice. 

“And let me, yes, just say to all the Bears fans, Bulls fans, White Sox fans, and Cubs fans I want to see all of you sometime soon, as well,” Obama said from the South Lawn ceremony at the White House. 

The president said that it is a “proud tradition” in Chicago of believing “that no matter how long it takes, how much we have to endure, it’s only a matter of time before our team finally wins it all.”

“Now, I have to say, even by Chicago standards, 49 years, that’s a pretty long time,” Obama  joked adding that the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup he was “still in diapers.”

The president said that the “tough, talented, selfless” team “helped Chicago become a hockey town again.”

“In the end, it was about more than just bringing home one of the biggest trophies in sports.  It was about a city coming together behind one team and one goal.  It was about a new generation of players and fans understanding what it feels like to be the best in the world.  It was about getting the chance to share that experience with others.”

The president was presented with a Blackhawks jersey, and a tiny version of the Stanley Cup.

“A mini Stanley,” Obama exclaimed, “when I first saw this I thought it looks so much bigger on TV.”

The president was given a championship ring to pose for pictures with and after putting the large ring on he quipped. “That’s what you call some bling, right there.”

-Sunlen Miller

 

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