President Barack Obama honored the Denver Broncos today for their Super Bowl victory, but he couldn’t help recalling the moment that he accepted the Democratic nomination in Mile High Stadium in 2008.
“I’ve heard how loud that stadium can get — back in 2008, I gave my convention speech at Mile High,” he said, recalling the thunderous applause directed at him before he became president.
“Thank you for letting me borrow it just for a little bit,” he added.
During the 2008 speech — set to a backdrop of Greek columns — Obama called the economic crisis a “direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.”
“America, we are better than these last eight years,” he said at the time. “We are a better country than this.”
But Obama admitted today that the crowd was probably louder for Broncos star linebacker Von Miller for sacking Tom Brady.
After receiving an orange Broncos jersey with the number 44 on it, Obama recalled that Emanuel Sanders suggested that he could still be a wider receiver.
“It’s been a while since I ran a 4.4 40,” he admitted.
Obama also joked that he could use a helmet to deal with the politics of Washington, D.C.
“I need a helmet,” he said. “You get knocked around here in Washington quite a bit.”