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Gators go to the White House



President Bush honored the national football champion Florida Gators at the White House this afternoon, recognizing both their athletic and academic achievements as well as their volunteer work.

He began his speech with one of his usual jokes about his younger brother, Jeb. ("So you might remember one of my family members held elected office in Florida. I hope he's found work.") And then he poked fun at himself. (You might remember, all the pre-game polls said you couldn't win. So much for polls.")

Hundreds of people attended the outdoor ceremony including several members of Congress (Sen. Bill Nelson, accompanied by his son, Billy, and Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Adam Putnam, among others), UF President Bernie Machen and Carolyn Roberts, chairman of the Board of Governors. The team gave the President a number 43 jersey and a football.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:38pm]


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