The leader of the free world was in good spirits during his 10-minute address, singing the praises of the Seahawks organization while offering up something of a presidential roast.
The recipient of the day’s biggest zinger was general manager John Schneider, who was asked by the president where his championship belt was.
In a nice break of tradition, Richard Sherman presented Obama — not with a Seahawks jersey — but with a Seahawks “12” flag that became ubiquitous during Seattle’s title run.
A few other highlights:
» Obama: “I considered letting Sherman up here to the podium today. Giving him the mic, but we gotta go in a little bit.”
» The famously media shy Marshawn Lynch did not make the trip to D.C. with teammates. Said Obama: “I am sorry that Marshawn’s not here because I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press. I wanted to get some tips from him. It’s about the action.” Big laughs on this one.
» Obama on the Seahawks’ renowned home-field advantage: “You all have that stadium that is kind of cheating because it’s so loud. (More laughs) You hired some physicists to make it so … there are a lot of really smart people at Microsoft and up in those places that can design these things.”