President Barack Obama, in his last week in office, welcomed the World Champion Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday. It was the first visit from championship sports team attended by First Lady Michelle Obama in his eight years as president, Obama revealed.The Cubs’ visit was the last official White House event of Obama’s presidency.MORE: The 15 best baseball movies of all timeThey said this day would never come, Obama opened. Here is something none of my predece sors ever got a chance to say: Welcome to the White House, World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!Obama’s https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/jake-arrieta-jersey affinity for Chicago’s other MLB team, the White Sox, is well known. The Cubs’ title was far more significant to other folks in the White House, including his wife, Obama acknowledged.It is no secret that a certain South Side team has my loyalty. … So I can’t claim that I had the same visceral joy of some in this White House. But FLOTUS is a lifelong Cubs fan.Obama continued, I told the team this: In the eight years I’ve been here, we’ve hosted at least 50 teams football, basketball, baseball, soccer, you name it. Michele has never come to a single event celebrating a champion until today.While the First Lady had to leave early for another event, the President said, She came and shook hands with every one of these members of the Cubs organization and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win, because she remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching the Cubs game and the bond and the family and the meaning the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father. … I almost choked up listening to it, and it spoke to how people feel about this organization.Obama added that his longtime aid Anita Decker Breckenridge and chief speech writer Cody Keenan are also lifelong Cubs fans.In fact, there were a lot of sick days during the playoffs, he said. One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside Wrigley, and we’re watching him being interviewed … and he’s looking kind of sheepish about it, and it’s like, https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/mike-schmidt-jersey ‘Why aren’t you in the office?!Standing before the Cubs, Obama delivered several kind of hilarious jokes. Here are some of the highlights: It took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left. David Ro s and I have something in common: We’ve both been in a year-long retirement party. None of this would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of (Cubs owner) Tom Ricketts and his family. Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers at Wrigley about 30 years ago, which is about 30 years longer than most relationships that begin there last. Praising Theo Epstein as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, general managers of all time, Obama said, His is job is to quench droughts 86 years in Boston, 108 in Chicago he takes the reins of an organization that’s wandering in the wilderne s and delivers them to the promised land. I’ve talked to him about being DNC chair, but he decided wisely to stick to baseball. All you need to know about this team was encapsulated in that one moment in Game 5, down three games to one, do-or-die, in front of the home fans, when David Ro s and Jon Lester turned to each other and said, ‘I love you Richie Ashburn Jersey man,’ and said, ‘I love you too.’ It was sort of like an Obama/Biden moment.Closing with a more serious tone, Obama noted the Cubs’ visit happened to be on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and discu sed the impact sports can have on the country.It is worth remembering, because sometimes people wonder, ‘Why are you spending time on sports, there’s other stuff going on,’ that throughout our history sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country’s divided, he said. Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle, but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were.It is a game and a celebration, but there’s a direct line between Jackie Robison and me standing here. There’s a direct line people loving Ernie Banks and the city (of Chicago) being able to come together and work together in one spirit.He added, Sometimes it’s not enough just to change laws. You’ve got to change hearts, and sports has a way of changing hearts sometimes in a way that politics or busine s doesn’t.