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After visiting the veterans at Walter Reed From Lynn Zinser:
President Barack Obama welcomed the Yankees to the White House on Monday, lauding them for the franchise’s 27th championship, and poking a bit of fun at how long it took to win this one.
“Now, it’s been nine years since your last title — which must have felt like an eternity for Yankees fans,” Obama said. “I think other teams would be just fine with a spell like that. The Cubs, for example.”
Obama, famously a devoted White Sox fan, said he did find something to admire in the Yankees’ expectations.
“That attitude, that success, has always made the Yankees easy to love — and, let’s face it, easy to hate as well,” he said. “For a White Sox fan like me, it’s painful to watch Mariano’s cutter when it’s against my team, or to see the Yankees wrap up the pennant while the Sox are struggling on the South Side. Although I do remember 2005, people so don’t get too comfortable.”
Other than Mo, the President singled out Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Joe Girardi, and Jorge Posada. Of course, some mediots took the lack of any mention for Alex Rodriguez to be a representation of the President’s feelings towards Alex and PED’s. This ignores the fact that players such as CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Hideki Matsui, and Johnny Damon were not mentioned either. Leave it to the buffoons at ESPN-NY to try and take a triumphant, exciting event and inject some A-Rod controversy.
Anyhow, the day was a resounding success. As Nick Swisher put it:
What a blast! Gng 2 Walter Reed & mtng the President couldnt have been any cooler. What a day to be a Yankee. What an honor.
Photo Credit: Luke Sharrett, NY Times
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