It wasn’t lost on President Barack Obama or the Chicago Cubs that Monday’s White House celebration of the team’s World Series victory would be the last official event of his presidency. It also wasn’t lost on team president Theo Epstein that the Cubs were being honored by a notoriously loyal Chicago White Sox fan. “We have taken the liberty of offering you a midnight pardon,” Epstein joked to Obama during the afternoon ceremony. “We welcome you with open arms today to the Cubs family.”
Obama responded in kind.
“Among Sox fans I’m the Cubs’ No. 1 fan,” he declared.
Both Obama and Epstein spoke to a packed East Room of the White House filled with current and former players along with White House staff, many of whom are Cubs fans.
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