Obama congratulates Alabama coach on championship

WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Barack Obama honored the University of Alabama football team
for winning the BCS championships saying the Crimson Tide “kept on
rising to the occasion and they never let up.”

It was Alabama's
third championship win during Obama's presidency. The Crimson Tide
defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to win the championship in January.

Alabama
football coach Nick Saban gave Obama a team jersey Monday at the White
House as players and coaches spread out across the mansion's South
Balcony. He joked that Obama now had now been presented with a full
uniform.

Saban said: “I will have a meeting later with you to decide how much playing time you're going to get.”

Obama replied: “I think you should keep me on the bench.”

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