‘The highlight of my week!’: Barack Obama joins Eli and Peyton Manning for the first quarter of his beloved Chicago Bears against New England Patriots – and jokes they stole silverware from the White House!
Obama, 61, is a Bears fan and joined the brothers for the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Patriots.
‘This is the highlight of my week,’ Obama joked, before Peyton put him on the spot while reflecting over his and his brother’s trips to the White House in Obama’s time as president.
Chicago Bears fan Barack Obama was on the ManningCast broadcast for the first quarter of his team’s game against the New England Patriots on Monday
Obama and the Manning brothers jokingly mocked each other while the Bears played against the Patriots in Monday Night Football
‘Mr President we both had the pleasure of meeting you at the White House,’ Peyton said. ‘Be honest, who was the better guest?’
Obama laughed and then responded: ‘Both of you guys were gentlemen. There was some silverware missing after that visit but we couldn’t trace it back to you.
‘We had a great time. One of the fun things about being president – and there is a lot of stuff that is so fun – is meeting world class athletes and giving them a chance to sign. It’s a lot of fun.
‘Although I will say when you get football teams in – I’m a skinny guy as it is and when I’m standing next to some of these line men and they are shaking my hand, they’ve got paws. It does make you feel a little bit small.’
Peyton also asked Obama about his love for the Bears team of 85 – a team he has called the best ever – and welcoming them at the White House shortly after a reception with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who were Super Bowl champions.
‘It was hard having the Packers and having to be nice to them,’ Obama joked. ‘But I moved to Chicago in ’85.
‘You show up in this city, and you’ve got this team that captures everybody’s imagination. The fact that they never got their White House due, I figured, what’s the point of being present if you can’t make up for that?’
Obama spoke about inviting the famous Bears team of 1985 to the White House during his time as president of the United States
Obama also opened up on his fandom of the present day Bears team.
‘Since I left the White House, we’ve had a little drought pretty much across every sport,’ Obama said. “But you look at the Bears, young team, new coach, they’re playing hard.
‘I’m a big believer in you’re loyal all the way through, as long as they’re playing hard, as long as they look like they care, then I’m gonna stick with them and keep rooting for them. Our day will come again. It may take a while.’
Shortly after his appearance was over, Obama tweeted: ‘Thanks to Peyton and Eli Manning for having me on the Manningcast. It’s always good watching the game with a couple other retired guys.’
Obama’s Bears eventually ran out 33-14 winners against the Patriots.