President Barack Obama was briefly a Cubs fan on Monday, and he helped celebrate the team’s first World Series championship in 108 years. It helped the Cubs that first lady Michelle Obama was in their corner.
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The Cubs were feted at the White House by the president, who is a noted White Sox fan, but he knows the impact the North Siders’ championship has had on people, including his wife. Michelle Obama had never attended one of the White House celebrations for a sports team until Monday.
“She remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching the Cubs game, and the bond in the family and the meaning that the Cubs had for her in terms of a connection with her father and why it meant to much to her,” Obama said. “I almost choked up listening to her. It spoke to how people feel about this organization.”
With Obama about to leave office, Epstein offered him a midnight pardon.
“We welcome you with open arms today,” Epstein said as the Cubs presented Obama with a home and road jersey, a No. 44 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field. Cubs board member Laura Ricketts gave the pass to the president, who said the gifts were some of the best swag he’s ever gotten.