Tim Howard, who I’ve just decided we should all call America’s Goalie™, managed a rare feat: soaring to instant viral popularity in spite of his team actually losing at the World Cup. But his blocking was so inspiring and pride-inducing for all the Americans watching, yesterday Howard received a phone call directly from President Obama.
Obama called Howard and Team USA captain Clint Dempsey to applaud them on a job well done. He told Howard, “I don’t know how you’re gonna survive the mobs when you come back home, man,” and suggested he shave his beard if he doesn’t want anyone to recognize him.
Obama wasn’t the only one to call Howard, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called our other Secretary of Defense to thank him for blocking foreign balls from interfering with America’s goals.
Watch the video below:
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