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Monday, April 26, 2010

Barack Obama welcomes World Series champion New York Yankees

President Barack Obama on the New York Yankees to White House.

Barack Obama welcomes YankeesPresident 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.”

Also joining the festivities were Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who Obama said went to the same high school as Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. New York’s Congressional delegation was there as well.

Obama lauded several Yankees for their off-field work, including the college scholarship funded by Mark Teixeira in memory of a friend killed in a car accident and Jorge Posada’s work raising money to help families with children suffering from birth defects.

The Yankees had started their day visiting injured soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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