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Obama honors ‘Hawks at White House: ‘A great example of what Chicago is all about’

Nov 4, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

On Monday, President Obama honored the Chicago Blackhawks for their 2013 Stanley Cup championship over Boston with a formal ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

“Now, since I took office, we’ve hosted a lot of championship teams — from Boston and New York; Pittsburgh and Miami,” Obama said. “But since I’ve been President, only one team has brought a world championship to my hometown of Chicago. And now the Blackhawks have done it twice. Twice!”

Obama also praised the ‘Hawks for their resilience, toughness and off-ice work, mentioning that the team visited wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center prior to visiting the White House.

“This team is a great example of what Chicago is all about,” Obama said. “These are not just good hockey players, they’re good guys.”

Attended by Chicago owner Rocky Wirtz, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the ceremony included ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews presenting an “OBAMA 13” jersey — the ‘Hawks had to come up with a new idea for the ceremonial sweater this year, after giving Obama a No. 44 jersey following the 2010 Cup win (honoring him as the 44th President of the United States.)

The ceremony also featured several lighthearted moments.

Perhaps the best came at the expense of goalie Corey Crawford in response to his, ahem, “spirited” speech at Grant Park during the Stanley Cup parade:

“Two million Chicago fans came out to Grant Park to celebrate bringing home the Cup,” Obama said. “Speaking of Grant Park, we were originally going to let Corey Crawford say a few words today,  but we thought we’d keep this family event family-friendly.

“You guys have been hanging out with Rahm Emanuel too much.”

  1. esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Now back to my health insurance….just had an er visit that only cost me 200 and change. Yet I can’t keep it….Obama says it wasn’t good insurance. BS. I don’t need pediatric dental insurance. I don’t have kids…but that’s why my plan goes away. Being forced to buy something I can’t even use to help fund something that will be and has already proven to be an utter failure. As you can tell, I’m on Tim Thomas’s side. I’d still have gone, but use it as a platform ala Sutter.

    • no - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      A story featuring the president isn’t an invitation to get on a soapbox. No one cares that you’ve bought into a bipartisan narrative.

      Go hawks

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        There’s no bipartianship at all. He lied about what the plan was to get all the sheep to vote for it and now no one is happy with any aspect of it except for the people who have been getting freebies from working people.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Thanks flow. I was up for opening it up for competition which is where they started going. But it failed. Why do I want/need a third party between me and my healthcare. No good can come from it. My apologies for bringing up health insurance in the first place. The sight of him pours salt in the wound of him costing me money by forcing me to buy something I can’t use.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Take a seat Tim Thomas. Unlike him you’ll never have the opportunity to decline a visit with the president and unlike Sutter you’ll once again never have the privilege to attend such a ceremony.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        Never said I did. And people get invited to the white house for strange things all the time for PR related moves. I didn’t say I was going to be president so I’m not too sure where you’re going. Wait, Philly fan. Now it all makes sense in that nothing you say makes sense.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        You’re not sure where I’m going? Maybe you should learn to read. I never said anything about you being the president.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Well we can guarantee one team that will continue to never the White House, right broadstreet?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        The Buffalo Sabres?

    • c9castine - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      well tough luck buddy. that guy is saving me tons of money and making my life easier on many fronts. i didn’t have insurance before, now i do.

      id hardly say that one month in its a huge failure. i think your being a whiny dramatic selfish baby.

      that being said this is a damn hockey forum. can’t believe i even came into this article i knew this would happen.

      congrats hawks. lets move on with the season now huh? its november already

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        If in any other facet of life user signups were non-existent and the website that reportedly cost hundreds of millions of dollars didn’t work, that would be considered a failure. I wonder why you don’t consider it the same.

      • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        the bill is not the website. the bill is not temporary, the condition of the website is. people are absolutely stupid if your judging the worth of the bill on the functionality of the website right now.

  2. caniac4ever - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Give the Dictator his jersey, or else!!

    • esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Or else he’ll steal it like Putin did with Kraft’s Superbowl ring!

      • esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Wait. Russians don’t steal, they take. Obama re distributes.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Fvck Obama.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Ah, I love when grownups stop by to offer their insights.

  4. prov1x - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Speaking of Kraft…….1983 called, wants the shirt back he wears every day. Geez dude, you have millions, change it up every once in a while.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      He’s worth billions of dollars, why do you think he needs you to tell him how to dress?

    • joey4id - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      How much did Kraft and the NHL owners steal from the players who asked for disability payment. If not for the law suit. to whcih the NFL did not admit any wrong doing, those players would have rec d 0$ from the rich capitalist owners. Too bad they had to settle out of court.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        They didn’t steal a dime.

        Very few cases actually go to court and if you’re on the players side so much you should appreciate that because the settlement sees more money go to the players than a lengthy court case/arbitration battle.

  5. kingjoe1 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Why does Obama have to insult the Blackhawks, they far more honorable than Chicago? I am certain they earned the Cup and didn’t rig the results.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      How do you score two goals in 18 seconds to win the Cup? Seems impossible.

      • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        must have had boston rigged to get to the final just so chicago could complete the plan. first the planned for boston to have that ridiculous comeback on toronto. seems impossible. then they limited the highest scoring team to almost nothing. for sure a conspiracy. then that final! yep. obama fixed it.

    • slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      simple , OBOZO is used to rigged contests!

  6. imleftcoast - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Two goals in 18 seconds to lose the Cup, does that seem rigged Bruin fans?

  7. sjsharks66 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    *cough*romneycare and obamacare are the same. No matter who you voted for it was happening.. *cough*

    No politics in sports please.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      No they aren’t and the fact that you think so is problematic. Congress being given power to specifically tax and require purchases for all citizens is a direct violation of the Commerce Clause. A state requiring it’s citizens to purchase something, (while I still think is anti-American), is not a middle finger to the Constitution.

      • justinhbhb - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Incorrect sir. The individual mandate, which in itself requires Americans to purchase some type of health care was deemed unconstitutional. THE SUPREME COURT found that the health care law was actually a tax. CONGRESS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TAX UNDER ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 of the U.S. CONSTITUTION. HENCE WHY THE SUPREME COURT, WHICH HAS THE LAST SAY ON INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION (called Judical Review) could not shut down the law. Know your facts before posting incorrect information

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        No, I’m not wrong and you don’t need to write in all caps to get your point across. The Commerce Clause is Art 1 Sec 8 but it’s nice you looked this up on wikipedia.
        I side with the dissenting judges on their interpretation, (along with several lower court opinions), and think that deeming this a tax is disingenuous and ridiculous.

  8. eagles512 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    He flat out lied to push his health care plan through. Despicable

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      He’s been consistent through his entire 8 year run at least. Lie and then when blame comes back, deflect.

  9. puckyouall - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Funny how he gets on the Redskins for their name because he can make some political hay but, he turns around and honors the Blackhawks. He’ll be against that name soon if he thinks it will help his politics. Clint had it right…..empty chair.

  10. howintensive - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Aside from politics, isn’t that an outdated jersey? There isn’t the reebok wordmark on the back, just the logo.

  11. cweez2 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Has he even been to a Blackhawks game during his terms?

  12. justinhbhb - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Since when is hockey followed by so many right wingers? Last time i heard, hockey’s largest demographic of followers were highly educated and good with technology. Doesn’t sound like half the people commenting know what they are talking about

    I will say i haven’t been following the conspiracy behind the law so iIdon’t have a comment on that

    • slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      did you read that in one of your coloring books ?

    • cofran2004 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      your stat about hockey’s followers being intelligent and tech savvy is correct. unfortunately, only the vocal minority is talking about obama honoring the hawks. ah well… let the republitards have their fun. its going through anyway!

      ha ha.


      ha ha…. ha ha ha ha.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        I always enjoy these comments. Spewing unfunny and unoriginal names while talking about how the other side is so ignorant. Meanwhile your post contains absolutely no hint of intelligence.

      • cofran2004 - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        nor does yours. all you did was complain about my comment. how is that better, champ?

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      The horror of people having differing opinions!

      How would you know whether or not people know what they’re talking about if you yourself do not.

  13. slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    first off OBOZO……..CHICAGO isn’t your home town …( a lot of unanswered questions about where that might be ) ! if the team HAD to give him a jersey it should have been numbered – 0 .kudos to TIM THOMAS for standing up for what he believes ! i guess there are still some men in the world !

    • cofran2004 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Hawaii. Nothing unanswered about that, you moron. And hawaii……. is part of the US of A.

      try again, toolbag.

      • slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        speaking of tool bag morons……….HAWAII isn’t a town ! didn’t they teach you that in your coloring books ?just settle back and color some nice pictures for mom’s fridge door!

      • slysipops - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        he also attended an indonesian school which only allowed citizens ??? hmm??? also applied for a foreign student visa here ???? hmmm???

      • cofran2004 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        you believed an april fools day hoax, you idiot. the people that released those two rumors admitted this to be the case.

        any reason to hate someone thats a different skin color than you, though. you’re a real winner, you racist piece of excrement.

      • slysipops - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        where did race ever enter your apparent empty head? or did you think maybe i was all black and obama is only half black so it makes me mad and a racist ? race DOES NOT have any factor in my feelings about OBOZO. it’s about what he is doing to the ” US of A ” ! maybe you ought to get out of MOM’S basement once in a while and check out the real world ?

      • cofran2004 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        way to ignore the crux of my argument, smart one. I’ll take that as your resignation to defeat.

        good game though. it’s been fun!

      • slysipops - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        you twist things very well ….or maybe you really are that unintelligent? if you do this on purpose then you should work in WASHINGTON . if not …well ….never mind nuff said !

      • cofran2004 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Still not seeing a rebuttle.

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