On Thursday, the New England Patriots visited the White House, where President Obama and several New England politicians cheered on and honored them for their career.
The event didn’t lack humorous moments as Barack Obama often deviated from his more serious comments to all sorts of jokes. Yet, as the President’s attempts to joke over the Deflategate scandal didn’t seem too amusing to coach Bill Belichick or the team’s Capitol Hill fans, Obama had to approach other topics.
“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,”
said the President after trying to amuse his audience with Deflategate-related jokes.
After this statement, Belichick protested and gave Obama a thumbs-down. So, the chief executive had to drop it and acknowledged that the media blew the case “a little out of proportion.”
Seconds later, the President lauded the Patriots regardless of the scandal that could have cost them a trip to Super Bowl XLIX. He showed his appreciation for the team’s efforts not to get distracted by the “the biggest media circus” of the year. According to the President, the Patriots didn’t lose their focus, and their coach had a lot to do with it.
Darrelle Revis, Shane Vereen, and Stevan Ridley, who are currently playing for other teams attended the ceremony. And so did Dan Connolly who hasn’t signed the contract yet. On the other hand, Vince Wilfork who now plays for the Texans and quarterback Tom Brady skipped the event.
According to the team, Brady had a pressing family issue to solve. Yet, Obama mentioned Brady first when he praised the Patriots individual players and their accomplishments. The President even called Brady-Belichick combo as the best quarterback-coach mix a NFL team ever had in all football history.
Moreover, president Jonathan Kraft was not present either because he had a surgery and he was still recovering from it.
But the players who did attend had a great time at the White House. During that afternoon, Instagram and Twitter were flooded with their photos. Some of them posed on the plane, others made selfies with the White House busts of the Presidents, while others were photographed with or behind the President while he was delivering his speech.
Following the ceremony, Belichick and several players took their time to talk to journalists about the event. The team also stopped at the Walter Reed Medical Center before attending the White House ceremony. There they were greeted by wounded veterans.
Gronkowski declined to dance during the ceremony, but he did make a funny remark about it. He said that because Chandler wasn’t singing and Julian wasn’t doing the beat-boxing, he didn’t saw the necessity to do some dance moves.
But as a journalist told him that he would put some tunes on for him, Gronkowski said there was no use since they were not drunk enough. He also said that Obama may have been “wasted” when he cracked that Deflategate joke.
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