President Obama expects to see Alabama at the White House again

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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President Obama and Nick Saban are practically old friends at this point. (USATSI)

President Barack Obama officially took office on Jan. 20, 2009, and part of being the president is welcoming college football's national champion to the White House. On Monday, President Obama showed the Alabama Crimson Tide around the White House for the third time in his four years.

This year, the Tide presented the president with a personalized road jersey, a helmet and a signed football.

"They are starting to learn their way around the White House," the president said.

"Since I'll be around for four more football seasons, I expect I just might see these guys again before I leave."

President Obama also joked that he might have to set up some cots for Alabama players around the White House since they are "here so often."

In fact, the entire state of Alabama, not just the University of Alabama, has made Obama's White House a second home of sorts. While the Crimson Tide have now visited him three times, the only other college football team that President Obama has welcomed to the White House is Auburn.

You'd think the president could get more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuscaloosa and Lee counties with that kind of track record.

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