On MARTIN LUTHER KING MONDAY, January 16, 2017, President BARACK OBAMA welcomed the 2016 MLB WORLD SERIES Champion CHICAGO CUBS to WASHINGTON, D.C., for a meeting at the EAST ROOM of The WHITE HOUSE!!!
The OBAMAS have a home in CHICAGO, but; POTUS is a longtime fan of the Chicago WHITE SOX. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.
First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA, however, is a lifelong Cubs fan. She greeted Cubs players before the ceremony, which Obama noted was her first appearance at some of the roughly 50 events he has hosted for championship college and professional sports teams
NBC NEWS reports President OBAMA said;
"Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided. Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves."
"It is a game and celebration. There's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here."