This is the third time in six seasons the Chicago Blackhawks are visiting the White House to be honored for their Stanley Cup victory. Per usual, Obama gave a lighthearted speech welcoming the team to D.C. that was filled with jokes and even a couple of political jabs. Here are the five best moments from the ceremony.
1. Obama honors Kimmo Timonen and Scott Darling
There are plenty of stars on the Blackhawks roster that get more than enough attention, so Obama took a minute to call out the two underrated hereos of the team, Timonen and Darling.
In his speech, Obama praised Timonen for sticking with hockey through adversity and disappointment, and finally winning the Cup with the Blackhawks in his final NHL game.
“As an old guy, it makes me feel good,” Obama joked.
He also praised Darling’s perseverance and highlighted the recent incredible act of kindness of Darling committed, where he helped out a man down on his luck.
“I like to think that reflects something about our city, our Chicago. It’s a very American thing to do,” Obama said.
2. Obama could use help picking a new Supreme Court Justice
With the recent passing of Justice Scalia, Obama joked that since the Blackhawks were so deft at drafting he might ask their head of scouting to help pick his next nomination to the bench, a move that’s caused a lot of speculation within D.C.
“He volunteered,” Obama said. “He said, ‘I know what I’m doing’”.
3. Obama says he’s the Blackhawks lucky charm
“Before I was President, you, the Blackhawks, had gone almost half a century without seeing this thing,” Obama said pointing at the Cup. “Now, you’ve got the hat trick, so I think it’s pretty clear the luck I’ve brought to this team.”
4. The Blackhawks gave Obama a permanent parking pass to the United Center
Alluding to the fact that this is Obama’s last year in office, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said that with all the free time he would soon have, Obama might find his way to the UC.
“This is the best gift I’ve ever gotten at the White House,” Obama said. “I might sell this on e-Bay.”
5. Goofy photos
“Patrick, we’re in the White House. Please stop.”