Pres. Obama Honors the NY Giants
Friday, June 08, 2012 - 03:16 PM
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants scored a White House appearance on Friday. It was the second time in four years that the Big Blue was so honored on the South Lawn.
President Barak Obama credited the Giants for overcoming a lot of obstacles on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, beating the New England Patriots 21-17.
"Sitting at 7-and-7 they knew that every game was a playoff game. But the players, the coaches, the staff, the owners didn't quit. They believed in each other and they kept winning all the way to Indianapolis," said Obama.
The president also quoted Yankee Hall-of-Famer and noted pop philosopher Yogi Berra when he said it was like "Deja vu all over again" for the Giants, who also beat the Patriots in 2008 in another tight, come-from-behind classic.
President Obama said Giants quarterback Eli Manning showed his greatness by winning his second Super Bowl MVP trophy, dismissing one group in particular that had criticized Manning's self-assessment at the beginning of the season. "I would just advise the sportswriters out there, the next time Eli says he thinks he's an elite quarterback, you might just want to be quiet."
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin followed the president, and shared some political analysis. "Offense, defense and special teams doing their job. Each group having different objectives and motives but playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone. Wouldn't it be nice if Congress operated the same way?" Coughlin said, drawing a smile from Obama.
"We both have a goal to get back here next year. We have a lot of work to do," Coughlin said to cheers and a pat on the back from Obama.
The Giants presented Obama with a blue No. 44 jersey and a football signed by the players.