Posted January 14, 2014

Video: President Barack Obama welcomes Heat, praises Ray Allen, kids Mario Chalmers

Barack Obama, Ben Golliver, Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat, Ray Allen

United States President Barack Obama welcomed the Miami Heat to the White House to honor their 2013 NBA championship on Tuesday.

The presidential visit marked the second in a row for Miami, who met with Obama to celebrate their 2012 title last year.

Obama delivered a speech that lasted for more than seven minutes and included a number of one-liners at the expense of various Heat players. As always, the former Illinois Senator got in a few lines about his beloved Bulls, too.

“Outstanding athletes, outstanding organization, outstanding team, but also outstanding members of their community,” Obama said. “We’re very proud to have them back. We wish them great luck for the rest of the season, unless they’re playing the Bulls.”

Barack Obama is presented with a personalized jersey by the Miami Heat. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama is presented with a personalized jersey by the Miami Heat. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The speech was peppered with quips, the best of which can be read below.

Obama on the Heat’s visit last year, in which LeBron James shouted, “Mama, I made it.”

“Usually people enjoy coming to the White House. I have to say, I’ve never seen folks more excited than the Heat when they came last year. I mean, LeBron [James] was so pumped up, I thought he was going to give me a hug and knock me over, like the guy on SportsCenter who hit the halfcourt shot.”

Obama on the polarizing nature of Miami’s success

“We’ve got some outstanding members of congress who are big fans of the Heat. They’re from both parties. Because we all know, nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat. Across the NBA, there’s just a unifying sense about the Heat.”

Obama on his bond with the Heat

“They’ve now won twice but they’ve gone to the Finals three times. Sometimes it feels like they’re still fighting for a little respect. I can relate to that.”

Obama on the 2013 Heat compared to the 1996 Bulls

“Last season, the Heat put together one of the most dominating regular seasons ever by a defending champion. They won a team record 66 games. At one point they won 27 games straight, the second-longest streak ever. Extraordinarily impressive — almost as impressive as the Bulls’ 72-win season.”

Obama on Miami’s comeback in Game 6 of the Finals against the Spurs

“San Antonio had the series all but wrapped up in Game 6. As you will recall, Miami was down five points, less than 30 seconds to go. The last 122 times that happened in the playoffs, the team that was down lost 122 times. And then they brought out the ropes. And then Ray Allen saw them bring out the ropes.

“With five seconds left, Chris Bosh gets an incredible offensive rebound, passes it out to Ray, he’s backing up, he has to jump forward, hits one of the most iconic shots of all time. Then he added a few choice words about the ropes, which we cannot repeat here. Ray — I do want you to know, when you say those things on the court, people can read your lips. You do understand that?”

Obama on the Heat’s favorite target of abuse, Mario Chalmers

“With that, I think we should take a picture. But we should make it quick before one of these guys starts yelling at Mario [Chalmers]. Sometimes it’s just a bad pass, guys, it’s not Mario’s fault. I’ve got your back, man.”

The Heat also presented Obama with a trophy and a personalized jersey as part of the ceremony.

Miami (27-10) will face Washington (17-19) at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

15 comments
P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

Nice of the Heat to let Joel Anthony get his pic w/Obama before they traded him to the sadness that is the Boston Celtics 

UBERTAXTHERICH
UBERTAXTHERICH

Great President & Great leader. Nice to see him let loose and have fun every once in a while. Would be a great guy to have a beer with, seems real down to Earth.

muser
muser

I wish there were a dozen of these photo sessions every day. Imagine how much less screwed up the country would be if we could keep Barry busy acting like a groupie all day........

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Who cares, Obama is a moron.  Had to post that for liberal moron 6mark6's benefit.  But it is basically true.

6marK6
6marK6

Waiting for angry conservatives to vent on this story. Let's count it down....

muser
muser

@UBERTAXTHERICH What would you point to as his greatest achievement? The $10 trillion in debt? Raising the cost of healthcare for 90% of those that pay for it (are you part of his 300% growth of medicaid)? Higher unemployment? What is it that you believe makes him great?

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@muser Unfortunately, keeping a president busy that way doesn't work. Bush screwed up this country badly and he was spending most of his time playing golf...

Cool
Cool

@RomarioDelLago Now hurry over to MMQB and make sure you growl about Mr King mentioning anything political.. because there is no place for that in sports. 

AllThingsConsidered
AllThingsConsidered

@6marK6 Still nothing? Wow!! Definitely surprising. Usually the gates of hell open whenever an article on SI mentions Obama... 

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

@AllThingsConsidered

another low IQ Obamabot. BO plays at golf more than any other president. but keep up the lying, that's what libbies are best at.

superquad168
superquad168

@MorphySmith@AllThingsConsideredSeems to me that the "Obamabots" must be related to the Repubabots because they both spout the same tired rhetoric and BS that typifies people without a clue who can't think for themselves.


Now both can return to MSNBC and FoxNews to get their talking points.


If the US is in trouble, you'd best look in the mirror for the cause.