The Boston Red Sox were at the White House Tuesday morning to celebrate their 2013 World Series championship. (The Nationals will be doing this next year.)
"Beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House," said Obama. "I think for the nation as a whole, there was something about this particular squad that was special, that will go down in history."
But the story of the Red Sox at the White House isn't best told with words. It's best told through the scads of pictures the players took of themselves -- and a few other people took of them. Here are 11 great ones.
1. A selfie of Sox slugger David Ortiz and President Obama.
2. Here's the extreme close-up version
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014
3. And here's that selfie from another angle. (Very meta, we know)
4. Jonny Gomes, Jonny Gomes's American flag blazer, Bill Clinton and Mike Napoli.
5. The Gomes blazer and the American flag.
6. And the Gomes blazer solo.
7. White House press secretary Jay Carney, bearded.
8. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, looking like a member of Bon Iver.
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 1, 2014
9. White House photographer Pete Souza, Red Sox fan.
10. Sunglasses on a cloudy day.
11. And, scene.
"Beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series champion BRS to the White House" pic.twitter.com/ppZrzpeUbR
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 1, 2014