President Barack Obama welcomed Peyton Manning and the Broncos to the White House today to honor the Super Bowl champions for their Super Bowl 50 victory.
But he couldn’t resist ribbing Manning for his commercials for Buick, Nationwide, and Papa Johns.
“It doesn’t matter whether you need insurance, pizza, a Buick — you basically can stock your whole household with stuff this guy is selling,” he said. “You know where to turn — it’s Peyton Manning!”
Obama also poked fun at Manning by joking that kicker Brandon McManus was “the heart and soul” of the Bronco’s offensive talent.
It was clear that the legacy of Manning was weighing on the president’s mind, as he took the podium shouting Mannings characteristic football audible.
“Let me just say: Omaha! Omaha! 44 is Mike! Bags Montana!” Obama shouted before ruefully admitting that “it doesn’t seem to work as well for me.”
It appears that Manning had a bit of fun with the president as well. Obama admitted during his remarks that Manning suggested that he should try retirement.
“He said, ‘Yeah, you should try it, don’t overstay your welcome’,” Obama said.
But Obama had kind words for Manning after the smack-talk was over.
“We were all obviously a little disappointed to see him hang it up this spring. But as somebody who is just a little bit older than he is, I was sympathetic to the idea that running around with these guys, it takes its toll,” he said. “But it is great to see somebody with a career like that, who always conducted himself on the field and off the field the way he did, to be able to go out on top.”