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Our Favorite Moments from the Royals’ White House Visit

The Boys in Blue swing by the White House in celebration of their World Series win.

President Barack Obama welcomed the Kansas City Royals to the White House July 21st in honor of their 2015 World Series Championship.

“Let’s give it up for the World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals. I know many of you have been waiting a long time to hear this, so I’ll say it again: The World Series Champion Kansas City Royals,” Obama said at the beginning of his speech.

In attendance were Bob Dole, KCMO Mayor Sly James, KCK Mayor Mark Holland, David and Dan Glass, Dayton Moore, George Brett, Frank White and Ned Yost as well as the team. The president mentioned several current and former cabinet members and members of Congress were also in the audience, but perhaps no one was more excited than White House Press Secretary (and KC native) Josh Earnest.

“Now I’m not sure if anybody is aware of this, but my press secretary happens to be a Royals fan,” Obama joked. “If you asked Josh to choose the best day of his life, I’m pretty sure he’d say his wedding day and the birth of his son…but this is close, this is really close.”

The president went on to praise the team’s impressive ability to make a comeback and charitable contributions to Kansas City and joke about certain lackluster nicknames—”These guys are all great players—can I say though, the nicknames aren’t that creative,” he said.

Watch the full speech here, and check out a few of our favorite behind-the-scenes photos and tweets from the visit.

 

 

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