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Ravens Visit the White House

By: Shannon Stern

          On June 5th at noon, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens took over the White House. With the majority of the winning team present, the Ravens took to the White House to celebrate their victory.

         

          Shortly after noon on a glorious day in Washington, President Obama was escorted in to speak by the Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome. Upon reaching where the team and staff were standing, Obama warmly greeted O.J. Brigance, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Ray Rice. 

         

          After taking to the podium, Obama spoke highly about the team, keeping his speech short, inspiring, and funny. He noted Lewis’ famous entrance and dance. Obama quickly remarked that the team was not allowed to tear up the grass on the South Lawn. He continued to talk about the perseverance, determination, and strength that the team had. President Obama addressed Jacoby Jones’ superior performance in the playoff game against the Denver Broncos and the play that took the game into overtime, ultimately with the Ravens winning the game. He then spoke on Jones’ appearance on Dancing with the Stars and his dance moves.

         

          The conversation then continued to the Super Bowl. Obama applauded the Ravens’ defense for the goal line stand in the fourth quarter. He congratulated Joe Flacco on being the Super Bowl MVP and remarked how he did great with his new contract deal. Obama also supported Flacco in being known as an elite quarterback. He also said Flacco was challenging Vice President Joe Biden for the most popular person from Delaware.

         

          Obama’s speech continued, as he praised the Ravens as a whole and mentioned Harbaugh, Brigance, Torrey Smith for his adversity in playing the game versus the Patriots after losing his brother, Lewis, and Reed. He even went so far as to call Reed a “class act,” after taking out a one page ad in the Baltimore Sun, thanking the fans and the city for his time spent here before leaving, sadly, for Houston.

         

          President Obama made sure to mention that this team is not just a football team; they give back to the community as well. Over the past year, the Ravens have donated over $1 million to charity and have performed countless acts in the community. 42 high school teams in the Baltimore area are also getting new uniforms this year because of the Ravens.

         

          Once Obama was finished speaking, Newsome and Harbaugh took to the podium. Harbaugh stated his intentions to back next year while presenting Obama with a “Mr. President” jersey, affixed with the number 44, as well as some Ravens warm up clothes. With “Seven Nation Army” playing in the background, one by one, each player and staff member greeted the President. Obama took the time to shake each person’s hand, embracing them and speaking for a moment with each person as well.

         

          Throughout the entire season and even today, there is one thing that is clear: the Ravens love Baltimore and Baltimore loves the Ravens!