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

Gators invade the White House


Photo credit: Getty Images

(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. The Broker.

    "Fair Play", is all that is required.

    April 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Leah

    THAT'S AWESOME! I'M A GATOR AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE OBAMA! GO OBAMA! GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Ted

    The Gators should water board Cheney, Rove, and Gonzales.

    April 23, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. shoegazer

    Look at that headline!!It's a shame Steve Irwin still isn't around to help with this predicament........

    April 23, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. C.FL

    Go Gators!
    & GObama!

    April 23, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Post me

    @Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California April 23rd, 2009 6:13 pm ET.....Cheney will find something wrong with this!*** He is an unwanted Gator !

    April 23, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. No Integrity

    FROM A TRUE GATOR, Obama you are not worthy to wear a Gator jersey because you need integrity.

    April 23, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ Mississippi Mike............... The United States have been giving money to our "allies" IN FOREIGN countries, for years and years!

    Didn't your mama teach you....... IF you can't say something nice...... say nothing at all??

    April 23, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. artim

    I second that Ryan and would like to add Down Sooners.

    April 23, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Georgia Dawg

    When is Mr. President going to invite the REAL national champs to the White House... the Utah Utes!!! He himself said the BCS is needs to be examined and is in favor of a playoff system. If he meant what he said last fall about trying to make the system fair he should invite the Utes to the White House. That would really had more fuel to the fire for a playoff system.

    April 23, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Romney2012

    well, I was a Gator's fan.....

    April 23, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Jake

    First I thought real gators invaded the White House and then I concluded those must be Russian spy roborts.

    April 23, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. Rashid

    WOW I wish there was a photo of Tim Tebow shaking hands with Obama. That's like Superman meeting The Green Lantern.

    April 23, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. will

    How's that hope and change thing workin for ya he doesn't deserve to wear the orange blue

    May 31, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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