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Obama applauds Coughlin for reminding Congress about teamwork

U.S. President Obama applauds coach Coughlin as he hosts 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Washington Reuters

The Giants were honored with the Super Bowl champions’ customary visit to the White House today, and for the most part it was apolitical, as such events usually are. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin did take a little swipe at Congress, getting some applause from President Obama in the process.

During his remarks on the South Lawn of the White House, Coughlin talked about the pride he takes in the Giants’ teamwork, then wondered why there isn’t more of that in Washington, D.C.

“Playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone — wouldn’t it be nice if Congress operated the same way?” Coughlin said. Obama grinned and applauded Coughlin’s joke.

Obama called the Giants champions worthy of admiration.

A lot of folks thought that team didn’t have a chance to win,” he said. “The Giants took a whole bunch of hits this season, but they never went down. From day one, they followed a simple motto: Finish. Finish the play. Finish the game. Finish the season.”

Obama mentioned today that he’s a Bears fan, but he also noted something he has in common with the Giants.

“We both have a goal,” he said. “To get back here next year.”

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10 Responses to “Obama applauds Coughlin for reminding Congress about teamwork”
  1. DCBlueStar says: Jun 8, 2012 6:26 PM

    I wish that for you, Obama. Not the Giants, though.

  2. atchick says: Jun 8, 2012 6:47 PM

    Some days I love Tom Coughlin. He just tells it like it is!

  3. dbones750 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:02 PM

    I hope the blue one makes it back.

  4. geemoney713 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:21 PM

    I thought Coughlin was the one that mentioned the goal they both had to get back there next year.

  5. vahawker says: Jun 8, 2012 9:57 PM

    President divisive applauded? More window dressing on an empty room

  6. lvass76 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:03 PM

    Teamwork can also be used to rob banks – for instance, the U.S. Treasury. Love Coughlin and his blue collar team but Congress needs the same thing the Presidency has – Term Limits!

  7. bdawkins20 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    i have rarely complimented coughlin, but well said coach. maybe they need him running congress

  8. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 8, 2012 10:12 PM

    I hope they both make it back.

  9. fumblenuts says: Jun 9, 2012 12:32 AM

    “Playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone — wouldn’t it be nice if Congress operated the same way?”

    Coughlin for President!

  10. jobiwon22 says: Jun 9, 2012 11:42 PM

    He’s wrong again as he is usually. That will be 0-2 on that prediction.

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