Obama Plays Host to U.S. Olympians
On Friday, the U.S. Olympic team along with the Paralympic team was welcomed by President Obama at the White House. Obama congratulated all the athletes for their great achievements at the London Games and expressed some good natured envy toward Michael Phelps the swimming sensation, Tyson Gay a track star and Holley Mangold a weightlifter.
Obama is well known for golfing, playing basketball and working out when he has free time. He told the contingent of athletes gathered on the South Lawn of the White House that he enjoyed viewing the games on television during August.
He said he was inspired when he watched the athletes perform even though he could not possibly do what they do. Obama called himself the fan in chief and said the athletes could not have succeeded in being better ambassadors or representatives of the U.S. The Olympic team finished the Games with 104 medals, the most of any country attending.
The celebration at the White House was attended by hundreds of Olympians who were all adorned in colorful jackets. Joe Biden the U.S. vice president and Michelle Obama, the first lady, also participated in the event. Obama told the visiting athletes that he had learned to use the DVR so he was able to see all of the events in the evening after his day of work.
Following the President’s talk and one from the first lady, Brad Snyder a swimmer on the Paralympic team and a veteran from the Navy and Mariel Zagunis, a fencer on the Olympic team presented the President and the first lady with the flags each carried as the flag bearers for the U.S. in the games.