WASHINGTON – President Obama welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House Tuesday to commemorate the team on their 2013 World Series Championship.
As usual, President Obama was not short on humor making a few light-hearted jokes about player's beards or lack thereof.
"I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don't recognize all these clean-shaven guys," Obama said. "But beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House."
President Obama congratulated the Red Sox on their third World Series title in the past decade. He continued to discuss the significance of the Red Sox winning the championship this past season in light of the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing.
"Obviously, all the wins were sweet for Red Sox fans, but I think for the nation as a whole there was something about this particular squad that was special… they symbolized the grit and the resilience of one of America's iconic cities during one of its most difficult moments," Obama said.
David Ortiz presented President Obama with a number 44 Red Sox jersey. As White House officials began taking pictures of the two, Ortiz took this opportunity to quickly pull out his cell phone and take a selfie with the President.
As Obama concluded his remarks, he stated his appreciation and admiration for the level of community the Boston Red Sox demonstrated last season with their city.
"The bottom line is I'm proud of these guys. As a baseball fan, I appreciate their comeback season," Obama said. "But more importantly, as President, I'm grateful for their character and their embrace of the essential role they played in the spirit of that city."