April 23rd, 2009
05:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Gators invade the White House


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(CNN) – It must be 'great to be a Florida Gator.'

The University of Florida football team, winner of the 2009 BCS National Championship, met with President Obama Thursday at the White House. Led by coach Urban Meyer, the boys from old Florida posed for photos with the president after presenting him with a personalized "Obama 1" jersey and "Barack Obama" national championship football.

The president shook hands with Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow as cameras flashed telling the group that the quarterback's leadership is what "you want to see from all our young people – taking responsibility, challenging yourself and others, and rising to the moment."

Last week, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced the team's upcoming White House visit during halftime at the Gators' traditional "Orange and Blue" game.

By tradition, the winner of the national championship is eligible for a visit to the executive mansion. The Florida football team traveled to Washington most recently in 2006 and 1996 after winning the national title.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    Well, at least he isn't promising money to foreign countries or trying to socialize industries.

    April 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Great! Nice lighthearted fun! I love this president but sir I sure hope you chose them in your picks : )

    April 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Ken

    @Mississippi Mike: Sorry dude, but you and the rest of the rightwing underbelly of this nation are irrelevant. In fact, on my way home from work tonite, I'll squash a bug in your honor.

    April 23, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. The Broker.

    The Crocodile Pool, Will pull you under.. You will never see daylight again...

    April 23, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. good playing gators

    tough players

    April 23, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. The Broker.

    "It all depends on who's side, Ms Rice is on...

    April 23, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Keisha, FL

    Go Gators.
    Go Obama 2012.

    April 23, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. alvino

    Go Noles!

    April 23, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. kayla


    April 23, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Bill


    April 23, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Eddie

    Go Noles!

    April 23, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Bob in VA

    GOOOOOOOOOOOO GATORS! Let's win another one! it never gets old.


    April 23, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. jackie

    haha that just made my day..... gators and obama in the same place!!!


    April 23, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Clifford in New York

    Which one is the prez?

    April 23, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Nate Hussein

    My Sooners will visit you next year Mr. Prez!

    April 23, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Operation Crush Rush

    Well its great to see teams really want to go to the White House and respect the person holding office for a change.@Mississippi Mike.Dont worry Mike your State is still no.One in backwoods Rednecks.

    April 23, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. GatorBob

    Glad to see President Obama is a member of The Gator Nation.
    Go Gators and Go Obama!

    April 23, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Cheney will find something wrong with this! You bet!

    April 23, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Florida Granny

    Go Gators, Gobama, Go Gators, Gobama~!!!!! Woooooooooooo!

    April 23, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. ray ray

    Sorry fellas – but unless the ball is round and is played with a team of 5... Obama just doesn't get it.

    April 23, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Ryan

    Get ready to meet the Longhorns next year Mr. President!

    April 23, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Saul- Virginia

    To Mississippi Mike

    Dude, What is wrong with you. the gators won and the president is just celebrating with them. Your life must be very misserable HATER!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Ellie, MD

    Go Gators! Go Obama!

    We are proud of you!

    April 23, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Proud Gator

    I knew I voted for right guy! Welcome to the Gator Nation, Mr. President!!!

    April 23, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Scott AZ

    In that picture Obama looks more like an NFL draft pick than a president.

    April 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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