July 19th, 2010
08:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama welcomes WNBA champions to White House

President Obama met with the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury on Monday.
President Obama met with the WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury on Monday.

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.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Why didn't he boycott this representative from Arizona like all the rest of his constituencies have? Just a wee bit curious.

    July 19, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. bennie new york

    Are there any champions Obama doesn't invite? No one cares about the WNBA- the fact that the league is still existence is astonishing.

    July 19, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. dennis

    An average High School Boys team could beat the WNBA Champions by 30 points.

    July 19, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. HD 100% ETH

    Was it better if Mrs.Obama coaches the team??? Hahahaha

    Whatever, see you @ Nazret.com

    Good news Mr.President, WNBA will create –jobs.

    July 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    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?

    July 19, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. WARNING, AMERICA WAKE UP

    Isn't this all he knows and thinks about.

    July 19, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Isn't President Obama charming!
    He's not "the King" quite the way Elvis Presley was, but the President is "the King of PR."

    July 19, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |