‘They Said This Day Would Never Come’: Obama Pokes Fun at Champion Cubs in White House Ceremony


“They said this day would never come,” President Barack Obama said Monday, with a smile.

But after a 108-year World Series championship drought, it finally did. The Chicago Cubs, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, visited the White House Monday for an East Room ceremony honoring their historic victory.

“It took you long enough,” Obama said to laughter. “I mean, I’ve only got four days left. You’re just making it under the wire.”

The ceremony took place a few months earlier than normal so that the longtime Chicago resident could honor the North Side’s favored sons. (Though Obama identifies as a fan of the Cubs’ crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox.)

Naturally, Obama made quite a few jokes at the Cubs’ expense.

“I made a lot of promises in 2008,” the President said. “We’ve managed to fulfill a large number of them. But even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years, we would see the Cubs win the World Series. But I did say, there’s never been anything false about hope.”

Obama saluted the Cubs’ wunderkind general manager Theo Epstein, who, at age 43, has already helped engineer historic World Series wins in both Chicago and Boston — where the Red Sox broke an 86-year drought with Epstein in charge of personnel.

The President said he hoped Epstein could help reverse the fortunes of another organization.

“I’ve talked to him about being DNC chair,” Obama said, to laughter and applause. “But he’s decided wisely to stick to baseball.”

Watch above via WFLD, Fox’s Chicago affiliate.

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