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mesaSteeler
05-21-2009, 09:31 PM
Super Bowl champs get the chance to meet nation's top fan

By Scott Brown, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Last updated: 4:35 pm
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_626211.html

The Steelers' trip to the White House today turned out to be more than just a photo opportunity.

Steelers players and coaches as well as team president Art Rooney II prepared 3,000 care packages for troops overseas on the White House's South Lawn. President Barack Obama, other politicians and service men and women put together the packages after Obama introduced the Steelers, which followed a private meeting inside the White House.

Obama said the Steelers were the first team to participate in a work day because of the selflessness they showed in winning their sixth Super Bowl, an NFL record. The Steelers captured that title in February, defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.

"We're going to give back to those who've given us so much," Obama said. "And I find that fitting and proper, a good way to kick off a (Memorial Day) weekennd that serves to honor all the men and women who have worn the proud uniform of this country that we love."

Obama introduced chairman Dan Rooney, coach Mike Tomlin and several notable players, including wide receivers Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, linebacker James Farrior, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and kicker Jeff Reed. He did not mention linebacker James Harrison, the NFL defensive player of the year, who as expected did not make the trip to the White House.

Obama has nominated Dan Rooney as Ambassador to Ireland.

"I can tell you that I don't know anybody who is more of a gentleman, who is more loyal, who is more committed to excellence, than Mr. Rooney," Obama said. "And he and his family have just been such an extraordinary pillor for the city of Pittsburgh."

In addition to Harrison, defensive lineman Aaron Smith did not make the trip today, for unspecified reasons.

(The first team to participate in a work day for the troops. Just Excellent! Exactly what I expect from the Steelers. Once again we are showing the rest of the NFL how it should be done. I can't a imagine the classless hoodie BeliCheat and the arrogant Cheatroits doing something like this. - mesa)

mesaSteeler
05-21-2009, 09:32 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09141/971809-66.stm?cmpid=sports.xml

Text: President Obama greets the Pittsburgh Steelers
Thursday, May 21, 2009
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 21, 2009

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
HONORING THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PITTSBURGH STEELERS
South Lawn

1:49 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I first of all want to just acknowledge a few people that are here. First of all, some of my Cabinet members, Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, who grew up as a maniacal Pittsburgh Steeler fan -- he is here. (Applause.) Secretary of Veterans -- of the Veterans Administration, Eric Shinseki, a war hero and somebody that is doing an outstanding job on behalf of our veterans. (Applause.) We have the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen; Mike Mullen, as well as his lovely wife, are here. Please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) We've got some Pennsylvania folks around here. (Applause.) Senator Bob Casey. (Applause.) Senator Arlen Specter. (Applause.) Teresa Heinz Kerry. (Applause.) Representatives Tim Murphy, Mike Doyle, Glenn Thompson, Tom Rooney, and Charlie Wilson. Give them all a big round of applause. (Applause.)

Welcome to the White House, everybody. Before we begin, I want to offer a special welcome to the wounded warriors who have joined us today from Walter Reed and from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Thank you for your service. (Applause.)

And welcome back, Dan Rooney, and the entire Rooney family. For nearly five decades, Dan has been a tremendous ambassador for pro football and for the city of Pittsburgh. And in the years to come, all Americans will be fortunate to have his service as our United States Ambassador to Ireland. (Applause.)

Just a personal note -- I had occasion of meeting a lot of people during the course of my campaign for the presidency. I can tell you that I don't know anybody who is more of a gentleman, who is more loyal, who is more committed to excellence, than Mr. Rooney. And he and his family have just been such an extraordinary pillar for the city of Pittsburgh -- I'd like everybody to give them a big round of applause one more time. (Applause.) And he's humble. (Laughter.) This kind of attention embarrasses him, but he has no choice.

Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers -- (applause) -- for the NFL-record sixth Lombardi Trophy. Some are calling it "Sixburgh" these days. (Laughter.) Congratulations to all the fans of the Steeler Nation who wave that Terrible Towel every Sunday. (Applause.)

Now, I already told these guys, no matter how big they are, I am a Bears fan. (Laughter.) But it's no secret that I was pulling for the Steelers during the Super Bowl last year, and that's part of the reason why this is so much fun for me. This isn't me trying to have it both ways -- everybody knows I'm pretty serious about my sports teams -- but growing up in Hawaii when I was a kid, we didn't have a local football team. And when I started playing and I started paying attention to football, it was guys like Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris and the Steel Curtain and Mean Joe Greene, who is here. Where's Mean Joe? There he is, right there. (Applause.) Those were the guys that were playing, and so I became a Steelers fan.

And last March, I actually got to hang out with Franco and The Bus, Jerome Bettis, at an event in Pittsburgh. And Jerome even joined me when we went to meet some steelworkers on a shift change. And I got my own Terrible Towel.

But this is a new team for a new era. And that's embodied by Coach Tomlin, who's here with his lovely wife. And I want everybody to give Coach Tomlin a huge round of applause. (Applause.) He didn't just win the Super Bowl; he also happened to be NFL Coach of the Year -- the youngest coach ever to win a Super Bowl. (Applause.)

And there's the new Steel Curtain -- the NFL's best defense last year, thanks to Dick LeBeau, who I think everybody acknowledges is one of the greatest defensive coordinators of all time. (Applause.) Where's Dick? There he is over there.

We've got the team captains up here -- Big Ben Roethlisberger. Give him -- come on, give Big Ben a round of applause here. (Applause.) James Farrior, a Pro Bowler who made 133 tackles this season. (Applause.) Jeff Reed, who was clutch in the Super Bowl. (Applause.) Hines Ward, who was the Super Bowl MVP four years ago, who's always the happiest man in football. (Applause.) Hines is always happy. (Laughter.)

And we've got this year's Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes, who made one of the greatest touchdown catches I've ever seen. (Applause.) That means two of the last four Super Bowl MVPs hail from the Pittsburgh wide-receiving corps.

Now, I pointed out that that was a heck of a pass that Ben threw. But then one of linemen pointed out that was some blocking on that play. (Laughter.) So that just reminds you, that's what Steeler football is all about, it's a team effort. And this is a team that entered the season facing the most difficult schedule in the league. But guys like these thrive on that. They plowed through the regular season, they won every game in the AFC North, they took down the Chargers and the Ravens in the playoffs.

And I can't remember a more exciting Super Bowl. Arizona took the lead with three minutes left; Pittsburgh comes back with just two with that winning touchdown. Santonio had 73 of those yards on that drive, including the incredible game-winning touchdown catch.

And now they're champs. So obviously these are guys who take their responsibilities on the football field seriously. But they take them just as seriously off the field. They're generous with their time for charity and for their communities. So that explains why we're doing something a little bit different here today than when sports champions usually come to visit the White House. These guys have agreed to stick around for a while, and we're going to team them up -- not to run some plays, but to serve others.

I often say that the beauty of serving others is that anyone can do it. You don't have to be President, and you don't have to be a pro football player. All you need to do is to have a desire to make a difference, to give back to your community and to contribute to your nation. And that's what we're going to do right here. We're going to work with the USO to put together 3,000 care packages for our troops serving in harm's way.

We're going to give back to those who've given so much for us. And I find that fitting and proper, a good way to kick off a weekend that serves to honor all the men and women who have worn the proud uniform of this country that we love.

So congratulations again, Steelers, for a extraordinary season. Good luck next year, and thank you again for your willingness to go above and beyond and not just come here for a photo op, but to join the men and women who protect this country to make sure that we are safe.

Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. Thank you. (Applause.)

All right, now, I also want to give notice, I told Coach I'm going to take off my jacket while we're putting this thing here, so he's allowed to, too. He's showing no disrespect to the White House. (Laughter.)

First published on May 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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fansince'76
05-21-2009, 10:14 PM
Super Bowl champs get the chance to meet nation's top fan

He's a Bears fan from Chicago that jumped on our bandwagon for the frigging Super Bowl. What the hell makes him the "nation's top fan?" :mad:

NJarhead
05-21-2009, 10:24 PM
The privelege was all Obama's. :tt03:

HometownGal
05-21-2009, 11:04 PM
And when I started playing and I started paying attention to football, it was guys like Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris and the Steel Curtain and Mean Joe Greene, who is here. Where's Mean Joe? There he is, right there. (Applause.) Those were the guys that were playing, and so I became a Steelers fan.


Riiiiiiight. :yawn: And Boy George isn't a pole smoker.

Cut me a freakin' break. :bs:

Psyychoward86
05-21-2009, 11:09 PM
Oh go easy on him, what's he supposed to say? The Steelers suck, and the Bears are getting the title next year?

HometownGal
05-22-2009, 08:09 AM
Oh go easy on him, what's he supposed to say? The Steelers suck, and the Bears are getting the title next year?

Sorry, Psychoward. He fed the team (and particularly Mr. Rooney) a heaping slice of his infamous bullshit creme pie just as he did the voters.

Texasteel
05-22-2009, 08:37 AM
Sorry, Psychoward. He fed the team (and particularly Mr. Rooney) a heaping slice of his infamous bullshit creme pie just as he did the voters.

You didn't think he was going to start being honest NOW did you?

Dino 6 Rings
05-22-2009, 09:24 AM
Now that the "fancy" "smancy" stuff is over can we get back to Football!

HERE WE GO!

wootawnee
05-22-2009, 12:52 PM
Sorry, Psychoward. He fed the team (and particularly Mr. Rooney) a heaping slice of his infamous bullshit creme pie just as he did the voters.

Blow it out your cream pie.......He is telling it like it is........He is the first Hawaiian President and he loves the Steelers.........He was elected in Illinois so don't you think he had to be a Bears fan?...... ....Get over it Bush lost, you and your cronies burnt the economy to the ground and sucked it dry..........Now The big Hawaiian has to pick up the pieces..............Your Ignorant and dont post here anymore...........

43Hitman
05-22-2009, 01:08 PM
Blow it out your cream pie.......He is telling it like it is........He is the first Hawaiian President and he loves the Steelers.........He was elected in Illinois so don't you think he had to be a Bears fan?...... ....Get over it Bush lost, you and your cronies burnt the economy to the ground and sucked it dry..........Now The big Hawaiian has to pick up the pieces..............Your Ignorant and dont post here anymore...........

First of all, Barrack Hussein Obama is considered black not Hawaiian. Secondly, HTG is a moderator of this forum and can pretty much say what she wants. And finally, this is still America(kinda) and we still have the freedom of speech(for now). I won't even address the ignorant remark. I am sure HTG can handle that part just fine on her own. Just remember, you opened this can of worms.

Sharkissle29
05-22-2009, 01:23 PM
Harsh words to a moderator there wootawnee, seems you're the ignorant one to not know that...

revefsreleets
05-22-2009, 01:26 PM
Blow it out your cream pie.......He is telling it like it is........He is the first Hawaiian President and he loves the Steelers.........He was elected in Illinois so don't you think he had to be a Bears fan?...... ....Get over it Bush lost, you and your cronies burnt the economy to the ground and sucked it dry..........Now The big Hawaiian has to pick up the pieces..............Your Ignorant and dont post here anymore...........


He hasn't "told it like it is" ever as far as I can see. He lied, repeatedly, to get elected, he's reversed a ton of his own positions, has adopted Bush policies wholesale, hasn't "changed" anything, is about as Hawaiian as an Alaskan sled dog, and while Bush racked up a 1.7 trillion deficit in 8 years, Obama is already up to 7.1 in less than 6 months, so if Bush broke it in half, Obama picked it up and shattered it into a million...more like 7.1 trillion.

It's also a contraction (you + are = you're) so careful who you call ignorant, there, Ignorant.

wootawnee
05-22-2009, 01:30 PM
First of all, Barrack Hussein Obama is considered black not Hawaiian. Secondly, HTG is a moderator of this forum and can pretty much say what she wants. And finally, this is still America(kinda) and we still have the freedom of speech(for now). I won't even address the ignorant remark. I am sure HTG can handle that part just fine on her own. Just remember, you opened this can of worms.

Exactly ....Freedom of speech...........

This is a football forum..............So take your conservative veiws and shove it.........

Barak is Hawaiian.......

Quit being Racist and calling people by what they look like......Not their character.....

Martin Lutther King's Dream is that we're not judged for the color of our skin......but for the content of our character............

Every one is equal....with out having adjectives in front of their name describing what they look like.........

Barak is alive.....Just like you........

Just like you.......Just like you........ alive........alive......

revefsreleets
05-22-2009, 01:31 PM
I smell a banning coming...

Sharkissle29
05-22-2009, 01:36 PM
jesus what drugs are you taking.....

tony hipchest
05-22-2009, 01:38 PM
i lucked out yesterday and caught obama with the steelers on CNN as i was leaving a hospital in which i have an in-law staying.

of course i had to stop and watch. i thought it was a proud moment for the steelers and reminded me of how great our superbowl victory really was.

it was like it happened yesterday all over again.

however, im not suprised this thread has turned into an obama bashing thread. :doh:

BTW- the hospital is in scottsdale/phoenix and i was sporting my w. parker jersey (totally forgetting the steelers were due to be at the WH).

got some nice reactions. :wink:

43Hitman
05-22-2009, 01:43 PM
Exactly ....Freedom of speech...........

This is a football forum..............So take your conservative veiws and shove it.........

Barak is Hawaiian.......

Quit being Racist and calling people by what they look like......Not their character.....

Martin Lutther King's Dream is that we're not judged for the color of our skin......but for the content of our character............

Every one is equal....with out having adjectives in front of their name describing what they look like.........

Barak is alive.....Just like you........

Just like you.......Just like you........ alive........alive......

So now I am a racist? Really? Seriously, dude you're being a complete tool. Why don't you take a big step back from the table, rethink your tactics, realize you're being an idiot, and be quiet.

Dino 6 Rings
05-22-2009, 01:49 PM
hey, take the politics to the locker room already...that's where it belongs...Hi Tony! LOL

Did Troy show up at the White House? Just curious. He's probably too busy pulling sleds under water while dodging harpoons.

tony hipchest
05-22-2009, 01:56 PM
hey, take the politics to the locker room already...that's where it belongs...Hi Tony! LOL

Did Troy show up at the White House? Just curious. He's probably too busy pulling sleds under water while dodging harpoons.:wave:

troy was there. i read on the PPG a quote that not only was it an extreme honor to be there, it was a pleasure and privelage to not only show up for the photo op, but for the team to donate some time and work with the president to put toether the 3000, care packages for the troops.

love him (obama) or hate him.... that was cool. :thumbsup:

atlsteelers
05-22-2009, 02:21 PM
Now that the "fancy" "smancy" stuff is over can we get back to Football!

HERE WE GO!

it would be nice to talk about football but this offseason the politcal rheotoric has spread to every forum on this board.

Dino 6 Rings
05-22-2009, 02:37 PM
:wave:

troy was there. i read on the PPG a quote that not only was it an extreme honor to be there, it was a pleasure and privelage to not only show up for the photo op, but for the team to donate some time and work with the president to put toether the 3000, care packages for the troops.

love him (obama) or hate him.... that was cool. :thumbsup:

But Tony...the Steelers must Hate Children...did you see this:

Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers?

Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Kindergarteners-Snubbed-for-Steelers.html

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

My team Hates Kids! ROCK ON !!!! We are Such Bad Guys!!!

xfl2001fan
05-22-2009, 03:16 PM
Exactly ....Freedom of speech...........

This is a football forum..............So take your conservative veiws and shove it.........

Barak is Hawaiian.......

Quit being Racist and calling people by what they look like......Not their character.....

Martin Lutther King's Dream is that we're not judged for the color of our skin......but for the content of our character............

Every one is equal....with out having adjectives in front of their name describing what they look like.........

Barak is alive.....Just like you........

Just like you.......Just like you........ alive........alive......
Wow, what a freaking tool you must be.

First, you dis a moderator and tell her not to post here. Then you help turn it into a political thread. Nobody was set on bashing Obama the politician...just Obama the "fan". Natually, because he's a politician, he pandered. Has nothing to do with democrat/republican though...he's a politician.

If Martin Luther Kings dream were to come true, then that means that African Americans need to quit proclaming their blood line...and that ethnicity choices need to be removed from all applications. The NAACP needs to go away. Until such time, calling a black man, a black man is not wrong. Calling him an N***** is.

Now, you called him a Hawaiin. Is that not using an adjective to describe him? You can't have it both ways sparky. What makes him Hawaiin? Most people believe it's his bloodline...of which he has no Hawaiin blood.

Then again, according to Martin Luther King's dream, he's an American (and not Hawaiin). Plain and simple. Just like you....just like you...

Did you know that :troll: get banned around here. They post ignorant $hit just like you....just like you....:wave:

SunshineMan21
05-22-2009, 05:22 PM
Dude, bashing Obama because he complimented our team? What the hell?

What did you want him to say . . . "go f yourself . . . I'm a Bears fan?"

He didn't have to give Rooney the ambassadorial post. Obviously he appreciated the support Rooney gave him, and he's not actually a Steelers fan--that's called making a joke. People do it all the time, especially when giving a perfunctory speech.

Most would chalk it up to common courtesy, rather than anything political, but whatever floats you boat. I'll be happy to debate anyone on the relative merits of Obama's and Bush's economic and foreign policies in another thread, but I'm not really sure how anyone's political views are remotely relevant to this . . .

PeckerWood
05-22-2009, 09:57 PM
yes obama is a bears fan he like the steelers because they are winners.

any ways i think pres. obama has more bullcrap the pres. clinton

just wondering is bill clinton still the first black president?

MasterOfPuppets
05-23-2009, 01:22 AM
since when did they add hawaiian as a race? i always thought the native islanders were called polynesians as thier race ? :huh:

SteelersMongol
05-23-2009, 01:46 AM
I don't care if he's Republican or Democrat. I don't care if he's black or half-white, or even a Hawaiian. :wink02: It was just cool 2 watch the President of the US welcoming our team & acknowledging what they do for the city of Pittsburgh, USO, & the community all around the states. :thumbsup: It just feels so great. :tt02:

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MasterOfPuppets
05-23-2009, 02:46 PM
i thought it was rude of obama not to mention james harrison....:shake02:

JEFF4i
05-23-2009, 07:05 PM
i thought it was rude of obama not to mention james harrison....:shake02:

Why should he? If he doesn't want to participate, then he won't be any part of it.

I like Harrison and all, but he acted like the White House is no big deal and he'll only accept an invitation if it is specially made for him and his team.

It's one thing, but bottom line, the White House will always be more important than football.

Fine for him to have his opinion, but if he doesn't want to recognize, he shouldn't be recognized.

Anyway, I still thought the whole bit was really cool.

AllD
05-23-2009, 08:00 PM
Why should he? If he doesn't want to participate, then he won't be any part of it.

I like Harrison and all, but he acted like the White House is no big deal and he'll only accept an invitation if it is specially made for him and his team.

It's one thing, but bottom line, the White House will always be more important than football.

Fine for him to have his opinion, but if he doesn't want to recognize, he shouldn't be recognized.

Anyway, I still thought the whole bit was really cool.


You are 100% correct and the President mentioned how the ones that showed up are generous with their time off the field toward charity.

Now it is also senseless for everybody to argue on such a great occassion.

Justin Otstott
05-24-2009, 11:07 AM
Can we all not talk about politics as it may offend people!