President Obama Congratulates Broncos After Picking Panthers

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California

President Barack Obama made a call to the Denver Broncos congratulating them on their 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

“Mr. President, how are you?” asked Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “Well, not as good as you,” responded President Barack Obama. “But I want to let you know that that’s about as good a defense as I’ve seen since the ’85 Bears.”

The reference to the Bears marks the second such unfavorable comparison of a championship team to a Chicago franchise in the last week. On Thursday, the former senator from Illinois told the Golden State Warriors: “Now, it is rare to be in the presence of guys from the greatest team in NBA history. So we’re pretty lucky today, because we’ve got one of those players in the house: Steve Kerr from the 1995-‘96 Chicago Bulls.”

The president called Broncos headquarters on Tuesday. He invited the team to the White House, urging them to come prior to the expiration of his term. The closest the Broncos come to the White House next season is Cincinnati, so perhaps a preseason trip to Washington or a visit to Obama’s successor may occur.

Kubiak took the call with DeMarcus Ware. “It’s good to see old men doing good,” Obama told Ware, who recorded a sack in Sunday’s game. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” the defensive end responded. “But you can teach him to be consistent, right?”

President Obama picked Carolina to win Sunday. Mercifully, neither Kubiak nor Ware mentioned the president not backing the right horse.