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Auburn, Cam Newton get their White House moment

Kodi Burns presents an Auburn jersey to President Obama as Cam Newton (at left) watches. (Pablo Martinez Monsavais / AP)

Hey, isn’t that Cam Newton?

The Heisman Trophy winner was reunited with the Auburn Tigers — if only for a few hours — at the White House on Wednesday.

After winning the national championship, the Tigers had been scheduled to visit with President Barack Obama in April, but that was postponed after tornadoes devastated the state of Alabama the day before the NFL draft opened. Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, was the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“The Secret Service wouldn't let us get too close to him,” Newton said. He arrived in Washington after a morning workout with his future NFL teammates, then headed right back for an afternoon session. “It was, ‘Hey, how are you?’and you were out. But it was awesome being in his presence.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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