Well, it’s about time … the Packers PR department just made it official that the organization has accepted an invitation to visit President of the United States Barack Obama (a Bears fan, we might add) at the White House in Washington, D.C.
The visit will be held next Friday, Aug. 12, to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last February.
The visit by the winning team of the Super Bowl usually makes the annual pilgrimage to our nation’s Capitol during early spring but because of the NFL lockout, players were prohibited to meet or to even practice with coaches.
“I’m really excited that we were able to find a date to visit the White House,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. “The labor situation this spring made it a little challenging for us to set up a visit, but I think it is going to work out great. We’re very appreciative that President Obama invited us, and I’m thrilled that our players and coaches will get to enjoy this unique opportunity.”
According to the Packers press release, “The visit to the White House will precede the Packers’ trip to Cleveland for their preseason opener against the Browns on Saturday, Aug. 13. Details for the White House visit are still being finalized.”
Our only hope is that Obama is wearing the Woodson #21 jersey presented to him by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after the Packers victory in the Super Bowl. The presentation was made to the president when he paid a visit to Wisconsin in February.