Obama congratulates Alabama's Crimson Tide, but Gibbs skips out
By Scott Wilson
Obama warmly welcomed the University of Alabama's championship football team to the White House on Monday -- though without help from a key adviser.
"I've got to tell you, everyone was really excited about this team coming today -- except for my press secretary, Robert Gibbs," Obama told the Alabama players.
As laughter rippled through the East Room, the president noted that Gibbs "was born and raised in Auburn," home town of the Crimson Tide's chief in-state rival.
"He's hiding in his office right now," Obama said.
In January, undefeated Alabama beat the University of Texas Longhorns 37-21 to win the BCS National Championship. Among those attending the White House reception was running back Mark Ingram, the university's first Heisman Trophy winner.
Obama offered Ingram a personal congratulation, saying, "I know his selflessness and dedication has made his team and his family very, very proud."
The Auburn Tigers, by the way, finished the 2009 season with an 8-5 record and a victory in the Outback Bowl.
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March 8, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
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