Obama applauds Coughlin for reminding Congress about teamwork


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.”