WASHINGTON—President Obama next week will welcome the Red Sox to the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champions.
The team will be at the White House on the morning of April 1, between games that will be played in Baltimore against the Orioles.
“This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities,” the White House said in announcing the Sox visit.
Although Obama is a well known fan of Sox of a different color from Chicago, the Boston club is likely to get a warm welcome in the West Wing, which has a staff filled with New Englanders. White House photographer Pete Souza — who grew up in South Dartmouth, Mass. — split off from the presidential motorcade to get to Fenway Park for Game 6 of the World Series.
The day after Boston won, White House press secretary Jay Carney wore a Red Sox hat to start his daily briefing.
“What a great team. What a great win. What a lot of fun. What an amazing baseball player David Ortiz is,” Carney said.
“I almost wore a beard, but I was talked out of it,” he added.
Carney later did sport a beard. Obama has one week to go before the Sox visit. Just enough time to get a head start on a nice, full beard.
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