The President known for his lifelong allegiance to the Chicago White Sox received a ‘midnight pardon’ from the World Champion Chicago Cubs so he could become a ‘northsider’ for a day and honor the team for their World Series win.
“Here is something none of my predecessors ever got a chance to say. Welcome to the White House, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs,” President Barack Obama said to thunderous applause, a reference to the team having not won the World Series in 108 years before 2016.
The President noting during the ceremony that many of the Chicagoans he brought with him to the White House are Cubs fans who weren’t very productive during the baseball playoffs. “There were a lot of sick days during the playoffs,” Obama revealed. “One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside of Wrigley and we’re watching him being interviewed — like why aren’t you in the office?”
President Obama has hosted many championship teams during his eight years in office from various sports, but this was the first one First Lady Michelle Obama ever attended, the President revealing the reason why.
“FLOTUS is a life-long Cubs fan.” Obama noted how she made a point to thank each player individually because of what the World Series win meant to her personally. “She remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching a Cubs game and the bond and the family, the meaning that the Cubs had for her, in terms of connecting with her father and why it meant so much to her.”
And while the event was meant to honor the Cubs, it was Obama who got the swag. The outgoing President scored Anthony Rizzo’s #44 jersey with Obama’s name on it for 44th President of the United States. He also got a green tile from the historic center field scoreboard with a ’44’ written on it, a lifetime pass to Wrigley for him and his family, and a ‘W’ flag signed by the entire team which the Cubs flew after their many wins of 2016.