On Monday, President Biden hosted Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs whom he praised for their “unity” and reminding “us who we are as Americans,” the Washington Post reported.
While the Chiefs have won three Super Bowl titles, this was the team’s first visit to the White House. Their 1968 Super Bowl win was before the White House tradition of hosting the champions began. Their second victory in 2020 did not include the traditional White House visit due to the pandemic.
During Monday’s event, the president joked about what a “rabid” fan First Lady Jill Biden is of the Super Bowl losing team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
He said at the end of the game, he thought he would be “in for a rough night” since the Eagles lost. He claimed that Mrs. Biden still can’t believe that the Eagles player “acknowledged the holding penalty.”
The president also suggested that it was a good thing that the first lady was not at the White House for the event, noting that she was on an overseas trip to the Middle East.
At one point during the event, Coach Andy Reid inadvertently referred to his host as “President Obama” before quickly correcting himself.
The president’s remarks ate up most of the time scheduled for the ceremony.
Unsurprisingly, Biden was quick to tell the champions that he played college football at the University of Delaware. He recounted being told by his coach that he runs “faster backwards than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
At one point, Biden said of Kansas City Chiefs player Patrick Mahomes, “That boy can play, man.”
Also in attendance at Monday’s Super Bowl event were lawmakers and politicians from both Kansas and Missouri, including Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas Republican Senator Roger Marshall, and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.