Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama thanked the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury players at a White House reception Monday for being good role models for his daughters.
"I want Malia and Sasha to know that there is absolutely no contradiction between women who are beautiful and healthy and contributing, and good athletes and competitive," Obama told the players, later adding: "As a father, I thank you for being great role models."
The Mercury won their second WNBA title in three years last season, and Obama noted that one of their biggest fans - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano - was in the audience.
Napolitano formerly was governor of Arizona, and once served as guest coach for a Mercury victory, the president said.
Obama also joked that Mercury assistant coach Julie Hairgrove and her kids were good luck charms for the team, as she was pregnant with her second child when they won the title in 2007 and expecting her third child during last year's title run.
"And I understand the team is trying to talk Julie and her husband into their fourth," Obama said to laughter.
Why didn't he boycott this representative from Arizona like all the rest of his constituencies have? Just a wee bit curious.
Are there any champions Obama doesn't invite? No one cares about the WNBA- the fact that the league is still existence is astonishing.
An average High School Boys team could beat the WNBA Champions by 30 points.
Was it better if Mrs.Obama coaches the team??? Hahahaha
Whatever, see you @ Nazret.com
Good news Mr.President, WNBA will create –jobs.
Another typical gesture by Obama, taking time out for a useless photo op while the economy continues to tank.
Did any read the job description to this imbecile before he was sworn in?
Isn't this all he knows and thinks about.
Isn't President Obama charming!
He's not "the King" quite the way Elvis Presley was, but the President is "the King of PR."