Obama extends kudos, good wishes to U.S. squad
By Liz Clarke
The day after being cheered on by former President Bill Clinton, who attended the 1-0 overtime thriller against Algeria in Pretoria that clinched a spot among the 2010 World Cup's final 16, the U.S. soccer team fielded a congratulatory phone call Thursday from President Barack Obama.
As summarized by the White House Office of the Press Secretary, here's how the conversation went:
"Earlier today President Obama called the U.S. Men's World Cup Soccer team. The President congratulated them on their extraordinary victory and told them that while he was meeting with General Petraeus in the Oval Office, he could hear the rest of the West Wing erupt when Landon Donovan scored the game winner.
"The President then congratulated Donovan on the game-winning goal, asked Tim Howard how his ribs were feeling and asked Clint Dempsey how his lip was doing. The President wished the team good luck on Saturday and made sure they knew that the entire country was cheering them on."
June 24, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team | Tags: 2010 World Cup, President Barack Obama, U.S. soccer team
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