Bears fan Barack Obama welcomed the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to the White Residence on Friday, and in his comments congratulating the team, he produced unique mention of Charles Woodson and Aaron Rodgers.
Throughout the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl, Woodson complained about Obama openly supporting the Bears. Woodson employed that as a motivational tool then, and Obama mentioned it today.
“I gave Charles a small bulletin-board material last year,” Obama said of his vocal support of the Bears. “Charles stated if the president does not want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, then we’re going to him. . . . Charles, you’re a man of your word. And I’ve learned something that each NFL quarterback knows: Do not mess with Charles Woodson.”
In his address to the team, Obama noted the special relationship that the Packers have with Green Bay.
“Today 112,000 folks own a piece of this franchise — it is the only publicly owned team in pro sports,” Obama said. “Even a Bears fan can admit that the relationship among Green Bay and its team is some thing special.”
Woodson then presented Obama with a stock certificate creating him a team shareholder. That gave Obama a opportunity to congratulate Rodgers — and take a shot at Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
“If I’m a portion owner,” Obama stated, “I think we ought to initiate a trade to send Rodgers down to the Bears.”