For the second straight year, Air Force football made it to the White House.
During Monday’s Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy presentation ceremony, which was shown live on the White House’s website, Air Force safety Jon Davis gave President Barack Obama a No. 18 Falcons jersey – signifying the amount of times Air Force has won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy – and quarterback Tim Jefferson gave Obama a game ball from the Falcons’ win over Navy. Jefferson stipulated that Obama could only keep the ball if he did the Heisman pose, which he did.
The short, lighthearted ceremony featured a few funny moments like Obama’s Heisman pose, and when Davis took to the podium and made a proclamation.
“On behalf of myself and my teammates, I just want to get up here and say, ‘You’re the man,’” Davis said, as the assembled crowd burst into laughter.
At the end of the ceremony, Obama joked: “By the way, I didn’t tell him to say I’m the man. But he knows who he’s going to be reporting to.”
Obama also had a quip ready when he got the game ball from Air Force’s win over Navy, which also included the score of the Air Force-Army game on it.
“I will treasure this, except when Army and Navy come by,” Obama said. “Then we’ll hide it in the back.”
The Falcons take only their senior players on the trip. Obama made mention that he looked forward to seeing the trophy again in May when he visits Colorado Springs for the Air Force Academy’s commencement.
Obama praised Air Force for battling adversity through the season, mentioned that the Falcons went for a fake extra point and a two-point conversion to go for the win against Toledo in the Military Bowl, although it failed (“But I like that in ya,” Obama said), and told the players to be proud of their football accomplishments and to be proud to serve the country after graduation.
“I heard Jon Davis said, with the trophy on the line, ‘You don’t get to meet the president every day,’” Obama said. “Well, today you do.”
(NOTE: All quotes were from the White House website’s live video feed of the event. The picture above is courtesy Air Force media relations.)