— -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest was apparently the opening act for Bill Murray on Friday, after the comedian crashed the press room and took to the podium after Earnest concluded his daily briefing.
Wearing a Chicago Cubs sweater, the Illinois native -- who was jokingly addressed as "Mr. President" by a reporter -- was asked if he believed that his beloved Cubs would defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend and advance to -- and ultimately win -- the World Series for the first time since 1945.
"I feel very confident that [Dodgers' Game 6 starter] Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher but we got too many sticks, we got too many sticks," Murray said. "At home with our crowd, the weather ... we also have a little bit of autumn in Chicago, you don't get that in Los Angeles. Trees just die in Los Angeles; in Illinois they flourish."
Murray, who is in Washington to accept the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, was at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama.
Following Murray's visit to the press room, his buddy Bryan Cranston tweeted, "Proof positive. Cubs surrogate @BillMurray inside the White House! The NLCS [National League Championship Series] is rigged! If the #crookedcubs win the series I will not concede."