Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama welcomed the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House Thursday — something he also did in his first year in office after the team won the cup in 2009.
“This is a nice bookend to my presidency because the first year you guys won the cup and now you’re coming back for my final year,” Obama said. “A lot has changed during the interim. Back in 2009, my hair matched the color of the puck more than the ice. Sid the Kid was actually a kid and Gino was still snapping pictures with his flip phone.”
“What I like best about this team’s victory is that no one thought they could pull it off. I obviously sympathize with that. They said the same thing about me,” he added.
As he praised the team’s victory, the president squeezed in a bit of trash talk for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I’m proud to be the first president to welcome to the White House eight cup winning teams all of whom are based here in the United States,” Obama said. “I reminded the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau when we had a state dinner here about that not too long ago. And that of course includes this year’s outstanding champions.”
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