Former President Barack Obama said he was “proud to rep” the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team in a photo shared on social media Wednesday showing him posing with a team jersey.
Obama thanked the players “for being such a strong inspiration for women and girls — and everybody — all across the country” in posts on Instagram and Twitter.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 10, 2019
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 7, 2019
Meanwhile, team co-captain Megan Rapinoe confirmed Tuesday night that President Donald Trump had not yet invited the players to celebrate at the White House, and said she and every teammate she’d spoken to wouldn’t go anyway.
The national team’s soccer stars did visit the Obama White House after winning the World Cup in 2015, however:
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And some wags on Twitter suggested a cheeky way Obama could help them mark the back-to-back victories that may get Trump all wound up:
— Kayla Swain (@KaylaRSwain) July 10, 2019
I still think teams should go visit President Obama when they win. I don't care if they just have a cookout in his backyard. https://t.co/Cx1ACWTA87
— Lincoln Anthony Blades (@lincolnablades) July 10, 2019
G🏅LD medal statement…. https://t.co/5zUkjqrfnN
— Geoffrey Kimani (@GeoffKimani) July 10, 2019
Can you invite them to your house? I’m happy to help cook!
— Isadora Bielsky (@isabielsky) July 10, 2019
Invite them all to your house for McDonald's and film it.
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