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Obama just wrapped up meeting with White Sox at the White House

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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.


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WE CAN EXPECT ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, THE GUYS HAVE MET THE PRESIDENT, AND HE IS THEIR BIGGEST FAN, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE WHITE SOX, A
WINNING COMBINATION!
SOUTHSIDE!

LOOK HOW FOCUSED THE BULLS ARE AT MEETING PRESIDENT OBAMA, THAT'S HOW THEY LOOKED THE OTHER
NIGHT WHEN THEY DEFEATED THE CELTICS, THE BULLS ARE ON A MISSION, JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT!

I think it's cool that Obama is a huge baseball fan like a lot of Americans, and it keeps him in contact with us. Similarly, he should be working for the average Joe in the U.S. and also the average person in other, particularly poor, countries around the world. The U.S. should be doing way more to address the Millennium Development Goals. The plan to end world hunger has been getting seriously ignored.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget.

(source: borgenproject.org.)

Any more pictures?

Way to go, Sun-Times! You beat the Tribune, which as of now has no pics of this event.

Awesome! A President that's among the people. Being an avid Bulls, Bears, and Sox fan, I would very much like to ask Obama for a hug, too.

I CONGRATULATE THE SUN TIMES AND LYNN SWEET FOR THE ARTICLE AND PICTURES. I ONLY WISH THERE WERE MORE PICTURES AND A LIST OF THE PLAYERS PRESENT. GOOD JOB!

THE PRESIDENT MUST FIRST FIX AMERICA, BEFORE HE
CAN HELP THE ENTIRE WORLD, GIVE THE PRESIDENT
CREDIT FOR WORKING VERY HARD, HE HAS DONE MORE IN
LESS THAN 100 DAYS THAN THE OTHER GUY DID IN 8
YEARS!

Ah, Phil, you must have been living under a rock for the past 8 years. Looks like all Obama invites to the White House are a bunch of losers!

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