President Obama Welcomes the ‘85 Bears to the White House

This is probably my favorite moment of the Obama administration. Yesterday he welcomed the 1985 Chicago Bears to the White House for a belated celebration of their Superbowl victory 26 years ago. The Bears’ trip to the White House was cancelled 26 years ago because of the Challenger disaster, and it never got rescheduled. So President Obama made good on that one today.

I remember that team and that Superbowl. It was fun to hear the President reminisce about the season and the players. Walter Payton was one of the best running backs ever to play the game. Jim McMahon was kind of a nutball, but a really good player. Mike Singletary was just plain bad. I still get pumped up thinking about Mike Singletary’s ability to put the hurt on somebody. It was a thing of beauty. See his video below.

The only person that President Obama forgot to mention was Refrigerator Perry. He was a defensive lineman, but he was also brought in on offense sometimes to be a lead blocker for Walter Payton. In Superbowl XX, he actually got to carry the ball as a fullback, and he scored a touchdown. There’s nothing more fun than seeing a lineman score a touchdown. It’s like watching Mr. Miyagi catch a fly with chopsticks.

And then who could forget the famous “Superbowl Shuffle.” I know it looks corny now, but in 1985 this was really cool. Watch it below.

I’m glad the President took time to welcome these long-in-the-tooth characters to the White House. Great memories. Great reunion.

8 Responses to President Obama Welcomes the ‘85 Bears to the White House

  1. Derek October 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    The Fridge’s life has really taken a pretty sad turn of affairs. He has all kinds of health problems, including alcoholism. I saw an article about him a year or so ago and it sounds like he has taken the path that a lot of athletes take – i.e. losing all of his money and generally just aimless in life.

  2. John October 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I could be happier had it not been at the expense of my Patriots that these Bears won their title. It is a crime that it took so long especially since “Sweetness” wasn’t alive to enjoy this moment.

  3. yankeegospelgirl October 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    He needs a teleprompter even for this? Sheeesh.

  4. Derek October 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Actually I’m not surprised he needed a teleprompter. I’m a Chicagoan and White Sox fan and as you probably know, Obama likes to say he’s a White Sox fan and wear their hat around. But he has made some very embarrassing comments when asked basic questions about the White Sox, i.e. their players and the park, revealing that he knows next to nothing about them. Imagine a politician who claims to be a Miami Hurricane fan and when someone asks him a question about Jimmy Johnson and the politician says “Jimmy who?” Yeah, it’s kind of like that with Obama and Chicago sports.


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