- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

With his beloved Chicago White Sox once again failing to win the World Series, President Obama made do Tuesday by welcoming the 2013 champion Boston Red Sox to the White House.

At a ceremony on the South Lawn, Mr. Obama praised the team for symbolizing “the grit and the resilience” of Boston after the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon in April 2013.

“Boston stood resolute and unbowed and unbroken,” Mr. Obama said, noting that the next running of the marathon will take place on April 21.

“We knew last year, even as we mourned the lost and cared for the wounded and resolved to carry on, that the moment would come when the Sox would be champions again and the crowds would gather for a parade down Boylston once more,” the president said. “And that’s exactly what happened. That’s how this team helped Boston to heal.”

As the president departed the ceremony, reporters asked him if the White Sox would win the championship this year. “White Sox next time,” Mr. Obama replied, smiling.

The Red Sox were visiting the White House to celebrate a World Series win for the third time in nine years. The 2004 club, the self-proclaimed “Idiots,” broke the Curse of the Bambino by winning the team’s first World Series since 1918. The 2007 team also brought home a ring.

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