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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.
Well, at least he isn't promising money to foreign countries or trying to socialize industries.
Great! Nice lighthearted fun! I love this president but sir I sure hope you chose them in your picks : )
@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.
The Crocodile Pool, Will pull you under.. You will never see daylight again...
"It all depends on who's side, Ms Rice is on...
Go Obama 2012.
i love you mr. president. YOU SURE ARE PRESIDENT FOR THE PEOPLE. FORGET THE HATERS. THEY ARE JUST JEALOUS, SINCE THEY HAD A NUMBSKULL FOR A PRESIDENT.
GO GATOTRS, GO OBAMA!!!
GOOOOOOOOOOOO GATORS! Let's win another one! it never gets old.
haha that just made my day..... gators and obama in the same place!!!
GO GATORS!!! FSU SUCKS!
Which one is the prez?
My Sooners will visit you next year Mr. Prez!
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.
Glad to see President Obama is a member of The Gator Nation.
Go Gators and Go Obama!
Cheney will find something wrong with this! You bet!
Go Gators, Gobama, Go Gators, Gobama~!!!!! Woooooooooooo!
Sorry fellas – but unless the ball is round and is played with a team of 5... Obama just doesn't get it.
Get ready to meet the Longhorns next year Mr. President!
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!!!!!!!!!!
Go Gators! Go Obama!
We are proud of you!
I knew I voted for right guy! Welcome to the Gator Nation, Mr. President!!!
In that picture Obama looks more like an NFL draft pick than a president.