President Barack Obama welcomes players from the Chicago White Sox baseball team and their family members during their visit Monday in the East Room at the White House. (White House photo Pete Souza)
Updated 6 p.m. Chicago time
WASHINGTON--South Sider President Obama just wrapped up a Monday afternoon meet and greet with members of the Chicago White Sox family. The team toured the White House.
The White House folks just sent along to the Chicago Sun-Times this briefing on the White Sox visit:
*The President greeted everyone individually before giving brief welcome remarks and taking a picture with the full team.
* White Sox player, Octavio Dotel asked the president for a hug instead of a handshake. Mr. Dotel said, Mr. President, can I have a hug? The President then gave him a hug. The team laughed and acknowledged Octavio is the team resident comedian.
*The President congratulated the White Sox on their season and encouraged them to continue winning so that he can invite them back to the White House as World Series Champions.
*The President took two group pictures: One of the President with players, their wives, and managers; the second picture was taken of just the President and White Sox players.
*The White Sox presented the President with a black White Sox team jersey. The team jersey has Obama and the number one written on the back of the jersey.
*Mr. (David) Axelrod was given a hat with the White Sox logo and the Obama logo on it.
*Prior to the meeting with the President, the White Sox were given a tour of the Grand Floor, The State Floor, and the West Wing Lobby of the White House. The team left through the East Wing.