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Obama Attends the Army-Navy Football Game

It was too cold for golf anyway.

From the pool report:

The president is attending the 112th Army-Navy football game at Fedex field today. His chopper touched down at a field at Cora L. Rice elementary school near the stadium at 2:19pm, where your pool was freezing despite the sun. (We motored out earlier so didn’t see him take off from the south lawn). Much amusement among the pool when the first helicopter landed and blew away the black tarp laid out for the president to walk on. He was formally dressed in a long black coat, dark scarf and black gloves.

An amazing atmosphere here on the field: the Army mule mascot is having his photo taken with fans, the stadium is full of Navy and Army personnel in uniform, a Navy choir just sang the national anthem, to huge cheers and canon fire. The president then came out onto the field and shook hands while Thunderstruck by AC/DC blared. We could also see VP Biden, defence secretary Leon Panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs Martin Dempsey, among others.

Potus . . .  came out into the middle of the field with two burly looking guys with black face paint on (here your pooler would like to apologise in advance for her lack of football knowledge).  Army won the coin toss. I couldn’t see it, just here the reaction on the Army side.

It’s a great atmosphere here. We just had four F-18s fly over in formation, followed by four Apaches. Now holding between Army players on exercycles and cheerleaders with white bows in their hair and gold and black pom-poms while Potus does a live interview with CBS.

Anna Fifield

US Political Correspondent

Financial Times

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9 Responses to Obama Attends the Army-Navy Football Game

  1. I thought it humorous that they played AC/DC’s Thunderstruck during the pre-game. During Gulf War I there was an Army tank crew that painyed the words “Thunderstruck” on the barrel and turret of their M1A1, and had speakers mounted on the outside of the tank.

    As they would blaze across the desert, they would play “Thunderstruck”! I think the combination of the music blaring and the sight of the huge and fast tank put the definite fear of “Allah” into the hearts of many an Iraqi soldier.

  2. This upset my husband so much…he looks forward to the Army/Navy game so much each year (Navy for us).
    He kept hitting the mute button every time the sportscasters asked Obama to speak.