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Champion Packers finally visit White House, Obama

Charles Woodson presented President Barack Obama with a stock certificate that made him a partial owner of the Green Bay Packers.
Charles Woodson presented President Barack Obama with a stock certificate that made him a partial owner of the Green Bay Packers.

After the NFL lockout delayed the meeting between President Barack Obama and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers for months, the two parties met Thursday afternoon at the White House.

Obama, a known Chicago Bears fan, jokingly admitted that seeing the Packers enter his house to celebrate the championship was difficult.

Back in January, the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 21-14, in the NFC Championship Game. Two weeks later, the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, to win Super Bowl XLV.

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"I guess I especially have to welcome Charles Woodson," the President said. "Where's Woodson? I admit Woodson's a good ball player. And for those who don't know, I gave Woodson a little bulletin board material apparently, last year."

After the Packers defeated the Bears, Woodson addressed the team and declared, "If the President don't wanna come watch us play, we'll go see him!"

The All-Pro cornerback was referring to the invitation to the White House all major sports teams receive for winning their respective championships.

Later that week, Obama flew to Green Bay to visit a local company and was greeted by Governor Scott Walker and Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, where he was given a jersey signed by Woodson that said, "See you at the White House."

"And I have now learned something that every NFL quarterback knows all too well: Don't mess with Charles Woodson," the President joked.

Woodson then presented President Obama with a stock certificate making him an official owner of the publicly owned team. Obama then created some mild controversy when he exclaimed, "If I'm part owner, I think we should initiate a trade to send [Rodgers] down to the Bears," potentially taking a shot at Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Rodgers then presented President Obama with a Packers No. 1 jersey with "Commander In Chief" on the back. Obama then shook the hand of every player and coach to end the ceremony.

During his speech, Obama congratulated the Packers on their extensive charity work, raising millions of dollars for charity and giving scholarships to local students.

Rookies and incoming free agents were allowed to visit the White House, but 2010 Packers who had been cut or signed with other teams were not invited to the ceremony.

According to his own Twitter account, inside linebacker Desmond Bishop forgot his I.D. on the plane and was not allowed into the White House, forcing him to miss the event.

The Packers will now have a quick turnaround as they prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns tomorrow night in Ohio.


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