BY Art Thiel 08:56PM 05/14/2014

Seahawks to be feted at White House next week

The tradition of White House championship recognition began in 1969, and for the first time, it will include the Seattle Seahawks.

President Obama always finds time for sports, in this case, his secretary’s office. / The White House

From one pinnacle to the next — the Seahawks are going to the White House. In what has become an American tradition for major sports champions, the Super Bowl winners will be honored by President Obama Wednesday in a ceremony at the Rose Garden.

The event was no surprise after the 43-8 thrashing of the Broncos, it was a matter of when. The White House press office made the date official Wednesday afternoon, but the time is not set. The tradition began in 1969 after the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts.

The Seahawks, who are Super Bowl champions for the first time in their 38-year history, have a fan in the president, although he seems to be a fan of many sports teams, as would be prudent for his office.

Obama already singled out for attention Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, who attended, along with Russell Wilson, the annual White House Correspondents Dinner last week. It was held at the Hay-Adams Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., not far from the White House.

The event annually gives the president a chance to fire back, humorously, at his media inquisitors. He took great delight in parodying Sherman’s post-NFC Championship game rant on national TV.

“Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters,” the president said. “But that’s OK. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight. And he gave me some great tips on how to handle it. ‘(CNN Chief Washington Correspondent) Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk to me like that! I’m the best president in the game!’ What do you think, Richard? Was that good? A little more feeling next time?”

During the press conference for his contract extension, Sherman was asked about Obama’s impression.

“I thought he did pretty well,” Sherman said. “I thought he is the best president in the game. He’s the only president in the game right now, but I thought it was pretty cool.

“That was a real surreal experience and I really appreciate that. I didn’t know he knew I existed until before the Super Bowl. But we’ll get to see him in a few days and we’ll talk about that.”

 


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  • 1coolguy

    This type of event is about all that gets BO in the White House anymore………..

  • gotcha123

    Seahawks visit will keep the nations mind off of our debt, lack of jobs, high fuel prices, Benghazi, IRS scandal, and Obama Care, so it will be a good day for Obama.

    • MarkS

      And the voices in your head.

      • gotcha123

        Here is some of what left wing Socialist want me to hear in my head.
        1. I am advised to NOT judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.
        2. Seems we constantly hear about Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never here about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second group didn’t.

        • MarkS

          There’s always some right wing nut job that has to bring his politics into a non-political topic. Must be hell being you.

          • gotcha123

            Truth kind of bugs the hell out of you, Huh?

          • MarkS

            You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you on the backside.

          • gotcha123

            Common sense is beyond your capabilities.

          • MarkS

            Yawn

        • MarkS

          In addition pleas explain why the House Republicans voted to increase farm subsidies while cutting food stamps? Hypocrite much?

          • art thiel

            This is why some news websites are banning comments.

          • notaboomer

            so easy to just scroll on by

        • Tian Biao

          Gotcha, please save the political ranting for a more appropriate forum, thanks. this is a sports site, dude.

          • gotcha123

            Someone always wants to be the hall monitor.

          • Tian Biao

            note to self: reading comprehension is not his forte.

        • art thiel

          I knew this thread would go there . . .

          • gotcha123

            End??? Problem with me speaking my mind?

          • art thiel

            No problem. My preference is for commenters to write about the story, or at least a related subject.

    • art thiel

      You mad, bro?

      • gotcha123

        Yes… With Socialist that lie.

        • Big

          Change your undershorts and take a nap. Peace out.

  • jafabian

    Gonna be a first in Seahawks history. This will be cool. Last team to visit the White House that was from Seattle was the Storm.

    • art thiel

      This might be a bigger deal.

      • jafabian

        For sure. Just like seeing Seattle being represented in DC. Take that David Stern!

  • maoling

    Can Sherm do something about the cost of health insurance while he is there?

    • art thiel

      He’s part of the problem. In January, he made the whole Bay Area sick.

      • notaboomer

        good one, at

  • notaboomer

    please let pete carroll ask obama if 9-11 was inside job.

  • gotcha123

    Useless in Seattle.