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A quick recap of the White House visit

We’ll have a much more in-depth recap later from KSR’s White House correspondent Kellen Clemons a bit later, but here are some quick highlights from Kentucky’s trip to the White House:

— President Obama began by congratulating the Cats on their achievements and joking that they had to come to “his house” and prove him wrong after he’s picked against them the past four years to win the tournament. But, the President was quick to point out that although he did pick North Carolina to win this year, he did have the Cats in the Championship game.

— Why didn’t he pick them to win? Their youth: “I knew Kentucky was good. I had them in the championship game. But in the end I thought, these guys are too young.” But, the Cats proved him wrong. His line, “At this time last year, three of UK’s starters were in high school and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist couldn’t even vote yet” drew the huge, trademark MKG smile we all know and love.

— How do you win with young talent? Teamwork. The President praised the Cats for this, especially fellow Chicagoan Anthony Davis, who he joked had “grown an inch” since getting to the White House. President Obama mentioned visiting Davis’ high school in Chicago four years ago, a nice memory for the two.

— Darius Miller got a nice ovation from the Kentucky-friendly crowd at the White House and also received several kinds words from the President, who listed his accomplishments and said his selflessness is another example of the Cats’ great teamwork. Drawing on a recent quote from Calipari (and an unintentionally funny reference to Richie Farmer), the President said that if Miller wanted to run for governor, “he will do alright, I bet.”

— The President also applauded Eloy Vargas and Darius Miller on graduating and the team for all of their community service.

— President Obama turned his attention to Cal next, saying that he’s already back on the recruiting trail and that “if the next group of Wildcats is anything like this one, I may see Calipari and those guys here again pretty soon.” Yeah, buddy.

— Cal spoke briefly, thanking the President for the honor. The Cats presented the President with three gifts: Darius Miller’s own #1 jersey, an autographed ball, and his own 2012 National Championship ring. In the moment of the day, Eloy, the bravest centaur ever, tossed the ball to the President, who had been calling for the pass. Anthony Davis presented him with a ring, which was a touching and I believe, genuinely surprising gesture.

Congrats to the Cats for making us proud once again.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

24 Comments for A quick recap of the White House visit

  1. Nathan
    6:03 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Obama nerd fight!!!! Oh Goody!!

  2. JayCee
    6:06 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    A piece of me died today along with Adam Yauch. Can’t get over this.

  3. Bleeding Blue Dave
    6:09 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m so proud of this team and BBN.
    Classy group of men.

    6:12 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    My picks for the Oaks—> 13 Amie’s Dini/ 10 And Why Not

  5. barn
    6:19 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    did Cal wear a Brown suit?

  6. Catdog
    6:23 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    O got a jersey and ring today.
    But one thing he sure won’t be getting
    Is KY’s 8 ECVs on election day.
    But I must say he is pretty good at this kind of ceremonial stuff.

  7. bluetooth
    6:24 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    is anthony davis the only one without a dark suit on ? guess hes the only one who dont see a sad time ahead for the prez

  8. Booyakasha!
    6:26 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully, Obama will never have another ceremony with the Cats. I’d like to see Nerlens, Poythress, and Goodwin in a group picture with Mitt.

  9. RINO NO
    6:28 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ugh! I REALLY hope The Mitten never makes it to the White House unless he pays for a tour.

  10. UKBlue
    6:28 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    OB is the classic example of: you might be book smart, but when you are inexperienced, over promise, convince enough stupid people to vote for you & when you have no idea what you’re doing, you end up stuck in the mud like we are now. Lord Help us all if OB wins again

  11. lookcloser
    6:33 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    7) I see about 3 or 4 light suits in total

  12. barn
    6:35 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    we’ve been stuck in the mud for the past 11 plus years. i could see mitt in the white house though, IF he becomes head coach of a div 1 basketball program, and IF he coaches them to the nc. possible

  13. Tooblueforyou
    6:41 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal looks so natural standing behind that podium with the presidential seal on the front, foreshadowing?!?!?!?

  14. WildcatFan
    6:44 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I believe that Cal’s suit was the ugly “Adolph Rupp” suit he wore once before and said he’d never wear again while coaching a game? That’s pitiful that I actually remember that.

  15. Nostradomas
    6:59 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    13. You are spot on. I’d vote for him, he may be the best political mind I’ve ever seen.

  16. notplayingthisgame
    7:00 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Come on guys, this is not about politics, this is about UK basketball!! Awesome for the team to visit the White House and be honored by any President. So proud.

  17. Spurious
    7:08 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yea buddy. What is it with younger people? Respect is not part of the upbringing?

  18. Appalachianassassin
    7:19 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thats all we need another corporate presence in Washington. Obama inherited the economy from Bush who stood by and let the entire world go to be precipice of financial disaster.

  19. Hmmmmm
    7:49 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    18.) yea young people are nothing but a bunch of disrespectful thugs.

    The boomers are so respectful while they yell racial obscenities and throw temper tantrums until they are blue in the face.

    Greatest generation my ass, thank your parents

  20. sharon
    9:54 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    All you obama bashers are missing the point of today. It was about our awesome wildcats getting to be congratulated by the president of the united states. They were in awe. Do not diminish it for them, for today it is about them and not your political opinions.

  21. fb>bb
    10:51 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I only recognize Cal & Obama in the first picture. Who are all those other guys?

  22. Cheese
    11:42 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    #22 – not a fan are u?

  23. Wildcatsteeler
    2:41 pm May 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just glad Dubya was gone before this happened. That would have ruined it for me.