Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Green, Gold and White House - 1997 edition

Following up on the Packers' visit to President Obama, today we turn back the clock to May 27, 1997, the Packers last visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

William Jefferson Clinton welcomed the conquering heroes to the South Lawn with a smile and warm words.
"In a world where professional athletics, in sport after sports, seems more transient ... The Green Bay Packers are something special, unique, old-fashioned, and heartwarming."
President Clinton was recovering from surgery for a torn tendon in his knee, hence the cane.

Yep, that's backup quarterback Jim McMahaon in the back row, wearing his old Bears jersey. The '85 Bears' White House visit was cancelled after the shuttle Challenger explosion, and was never rescheduled. Since he didn't get to visit the President as a Bear, he thought his victorious Chicago team should be honored.

Although the custom of giving the Commander in Chief a personalized jersey had not yet become de rigueur, the boys from Green Bay didn't show up empty-handed. The Packers presented President Clinton with a game ball from Super Bowl XXXI and a very 1990s green and gold leather jacket.

We'll see what the 2011 Packers have for President Obama.

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