Biden to welcome Super Bowl Buccaneers champion to White House
As a return to normalcy, President Joe Biden will welcome the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House on Tuesday.
The Bucs, who beat the Chiefs 31-9 to win the Super Bowl in February, will be the second team to visit Biden’s White House since the 46th president took office in January. The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers visited the White House earlier this month, the first team to do so since the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year.
It will also be the first time that a Super Bowl winning team has visited the White House since 2017; the tradition of championship teams visiting the White House has been held sporadically during the four years of the Trump administration.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that she did not have “the list of Buccaneers in front of me” when asked if quarterback Tom Brady would be in attendance. Brady did not visit Trump’s White House when the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, the last time an NFL championship team visited the White House.
The 2018 Philadelphia Eagles were not invited by former President Donald Trump, citing protests during the national anthem.
“The Philadelphia Eagles cannot come to the White House with their entire team to be celebrated tomorrow,” Trump said in a statement. “They do not agree with their president because he insists that they proudly defend the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our army and of the people of our country.”
The Patriots did not attend the White House in 2019, with both sides noting it had nothing to do with politics, and the Kansas City Chiefs did not attend in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic -19.
Major League Baseball teams have visited Trump’s White House, including the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, as have some college teams – most notably the Clemson Tigers football team, which received a fast food prepared by the president, which he paid for. for himself, due to a government shutdown – and National Football League teams, including the New England Patriots.
However, the teams that won the National Basketball Association title did not make it to Trump’s White House during his tenure, with the former president clashing with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and coach. -Head of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr.
The Biden administration is trying to project a return to normalcy and the country’s exit from the pandemic.
“It takes a team to persevere through one of the toughest seasons, one of the toughest years in our country’s history,” Biden said during the Dodgers’ White House visit earlier. in July. “I think what we’ve discovered is that we need sports more than we ever imagined.”
“Today we celebrate your incredible achievement. We celebrate the great work you do on and off the pitch, ”the President said, highlighting the use of Dodger Stadium as a COVID testing site, vaccination site and polling place.
“Above all, as we fight this pandemic and celebrate the return of fans to stadiums, we are celebrating something else: a national achievement,” he added.
The team presented Biden with a Dodgers jersey numbered “46” for his place in the line of presidents and a number “49” jersey to vice-president Kamala Harris, a native of California but a fan of the San Francisco Giants.
“Our hope was that we could bring some joy, solace and relief to our fans who are going through difficult times,” said Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers starting pitcher, who handed the jersey to Biden. “This season it’s been amazing to have the fans back in the stadium. We miss their energy and passion for the game.”