WASHINGTON — It wasn’t quite a campaign promise, but President Obama had a premonition back in September 2012 when he celerated the 2011 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx at the White House.
“When the Lynx were here in 2012, I told them I had a feeling they’d be back,” he said. “I just want to mention I was right. You can fact check that, PolitiFact.”
Obama welcomed the Lynx back to the White House on Thursday to recognize their second WNBA championship in three years. The group, led by coach Cheryl Reeve and stars Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, presented the president with the traditional “Obama” Lynx jersey and soaked in Obama’s praise at an East Room ceremony attended by Rep. Tim Walz, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Lynx owner Glen Taylor.
“This is such a special time of the year to be able to just remember and celebrate the awesome year we had last year,” Moore said. “It’s kind of strange because when you win the championship, you kind of move on to the next thing: we’re overseas, you think about the next season. So to actually have a moment right now to think about all the great things we did last year was really special.”
Thanks to her success with the Lynx, in the Olympics and with her college squad, the University of Connecticut, Moore was making her sixth trip to the White House, a fact not lost on Obama.
“Basically, there’s like a Maya Moore wing in the White House,” he said. “We’ve got all her stuff here, she’s got a toothbrush.”
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