April 8th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama congratulates UNC basketball coach

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.tarheels.gi.jpg caption="The president has twice picked UNC for the title."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama called University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams from Air Force One on Tuesday night to congratulate him and his team for winning the NCAA championship.

The White House said Obama thanked Williams and the rest of the Tar Heels squad "for vindicating him in front of the entire country."

Obama, of course, went on ESPN and picked UNC to win the national championship. He did the same in 2008, but the Heels came up short.

"The President told him he'd done a great job and asked the Coach to tell the players how proud he was of them and that he looked forward to seeing them at the White House soon," said a release from the White House.

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