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President Obama said the words ‘back-to-back double cork 1260′ today. For real.


U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama accept autographed U.S. Olympic flags from Jon Lujan (L) and Julie Chu during an event in the East Room of the White House April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S Olympians came to the White House Thursday to be honored by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Couple got a pair of autographed Olympic flags out of the deal.

Obama paid special attention to the extreme winter sports athletes, launching into this riff:

I would personally like to thank all of our snowboarders and freestyle skiers for making newscasters across America say things like “air to fakie,” and the “back-to-back double cork 1260.”  I don’t know what that means, really, but I just wanted to say it.  I’m pretty sure I’m the first President to ever say that. I’m pretty sure that’s true.  The back-to-back double cork 1260.

Sage Kotsenburg, the slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist, "wound up carrying around a bouquet of vegetables from the kitchen garden on the South Lawn, made up of broccoli and other good things," according to the Associated Press. Here's what Kostenburg wore to meet the president -- he's the one in the middle:


(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Cool hat, bro.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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