The Washington Post

Obama: Ravens QB Flacco could eclipse Biden’s popularity in Delaware

If Vice President Biden is Delaware's most popular son, he might soon get a run for his money, President Obama quipped Wednesday.

At a White House ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Obama joked to Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco that if he keeps playing so well, "you are going to challenge Biden for the most popular person from Delaware." Flacco is a University of Delaware graduate.

Flanked by Ravens players and coaches, Obama praised the team's efforts. It's become tradition for champion American professional sports teams to visit the White House.

The president mentioned the team's comebacks last season, and cheered the Ravens for overcoming adversity. He also lauded the team's community service outreach efforts, including donating jerseys to school sports teams.

The president also singled out star linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after the Ravens Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

"Ray retired on top, coming back from a tricep injury, which I believe was caused by that dance he does," Obama said, referring to Lewis's well-known pregame ritual. "No, I am not doing that dance."

Obama, who was presented with an honorary jersey (number 44, naturally) concluded by wishing the Ravens well in the 2013-2014 season -- but with a caveat.

"Best of luck next season," Obama said. "You are going to need it in Week 11 when you go to my hometown of Chicago to play the Bears."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Be a man and cry
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
Play Videos
Drawing as an act of defiance
A flood of refugees from Syria but only a trickle to America
Chicago's tacos, four ways
Play Videos
What you need to know about filming the police
What you need to know about trans fats
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
Play Videos
Riding the X2 with D.C.'s most famous rapper
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Europe's migrant crisis, explained
Next Story
Juliet Eilperin · June 5, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.