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On Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship last season. The ‘Hawks presented Mr. Obama with a jersey bearing his name and the number 44. “I think we’ve even got some blood on here,” the president said after he was given the sweater. “It shows it’s authentic. Fantastic.”

After the ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a street hockey clinic with local children on the South Lawn as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to help keep kids fit. Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was attendance to help Mrs. Obama kick off her event. Below the jump, I chronicle the day in pictures.

(Click to enlarge — All photos by Chris Gordon)

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Mr. Obama shakes the hand of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz.

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Blackhawks president John McDonough lets Mr. Obama try on his championship ring.

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“That’s what you call some bling,” Mr. Obama quips.

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‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews gives a miniature Stanley Cup to the Commander-in-chief as a gift.

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Mr. Obama joked that “it looks so much bigger on TV.”

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Mr. Obama greets the children in attendance for the First Lady’s event.

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Wirtz speaks with the media after the ceremonies.

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First Lady Michelle Obama enters to conduct her “Let’s Move” campaign.

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Mrs. Obama is presented with a Team USA jersey emblazoned with “FLOTUS” — standing for First Lady of the United States — and number one.

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Mrs. Obama poses with the kids participating in the street hockey game.

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The First Lady drops the puck to officially begin the festivities.

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According to Capitals defenseman Mike Green she inquired about the correct way to do so. “I told her, ‘Just drop it. Don’t throw it up in the air,’ Green said. “She was fine.”

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In you are so inclined, check out Caps Snaps for some additional photos from the day.

  • http://twitter.com/chris_gordon Chris Gordon

    Now that he’s honored the Blackhawks, will President Obama “Barack the Red” in the near future?

  • DarkStranger44

    He’ll probably Barack the Hawk with the Blackhawks since he’s from Chi-town.

  • Christophe

    Mike Green looks pretty damn spacy.

  • TigerLily1276

    Awww, that’s Aidan of the NOVA Cool Cats giving President Obama a high five.

  • http://japersrink.com Laich It Or Lump It

    Nice photos, Chris. They look very professional.

  • Owen

    Well the Blackhawks wear red. Is that close enough?

  • BobbyG

    @Chris: thanks for the great story and all the awesome pics!

    @Owen: No! Blackhawks red is NOT good enough! Next year it will be the Caps with the President, wearing REAL DC red. At least they won’t have to travel too far to the White House LOL.

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