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(NECN: Washington) - The World Series Champion Boston Red Sox were honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning.
"I thought I had invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake. I don't recognize all these clean shaven guys," said Obama.
"Beards or no beards it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House," said Obama.
"Over the past 10 years this clubhouse has the winningest championship record in baseball. Three World Series titles in a decade," said Obama.
"The die-hards can finally declare that the curse has been definitively broken," 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," said Obama.
"A senseless act of terror turned celebration into chaos...the city was rocked...but under the guiding hand under...Mayor Tom Menino...Boston stood resolute...and as the smoke cleared we gained inspiration from the injured," said Obama in reference to the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Today our hearts are in Boston again," said Obama in reference to the two Boston firefighters who died last week fighting a massive blaze in the city's Back Bay neighborhood.
"This team had a lot of heart...consistency," said Obama of the Sox.
"Boston and the Red Sox were one this season," said Obama. "This team helped Boston to heal."
"Bottom line is I'm proud of these guys," said Obama. "Sports has the power to bring people together."
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