DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated the World Collection champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke concerning the energy sports activities has to unite individuals.
“All through our historical past, sports activities has had this energy to convey us collectively even when the nation is split,” Obama stated at a White Home ceremony for his hometown group. “Sports activities has modified attitudes and tradition in ways in which appear delicate however that finally made us assume in another way about ourselves.”
“It’s a recreation and celebration,” he stated, and famous that “there’s a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing right here.” Robinson, a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, broke Main League Baseball’s shade line to develop into its first black participant.
The White Home occasion got here 4 days earlier than Obama arms the presidency over to Donald Trump following one of the crucial divisive elections in current reminiscence.
It additionally follows a weekend during which civil rights icon John Lewis stated he didn’t contemplate Trump a professional president due to Russian meddling within the election. Trump responded on Twitter by criticizing Lewis as “all speak” and suggesting the Democratic congressman take higher care of his Georgia district.
Obama has a house in Chicago, however is a longtime White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to succeed in the playoffs.
His spouse, first woman Michelle Obama, nevertheless, is a lifelong Cubs fan. She greeted Cubs gamers earlier than the ceremony, which Obama famous was her first look at a few of the roughly 50 occasions he has hosted for championship school and professional sports activities groups.
The Cubs gave Obama two baseball jerseys — residence and away — with the quantity forty four, amongst different presents. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo additionally wears the quantity, and Obama referred to Rizzo as “my fellow forty four.” Obama is the nation’s forty fourth president.
Obama stated it is going to be exhausting for him to put on the jersey, however informed the Cubs: “Do know that amongst Sox followers I’m the Cubs’ No. 1 fan.”
Hours after the Cubs gained the collection in November, Obama requested the staff on Twitter if it needed to go to the White Home earlier than his time period ends Friday.
The World Collection title was the primary for the Cubs since 1908, they usually gained it by defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven video games.
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