It was a life-changing experience....one that only a select few will ever get to taste.
About 40 players from the back-to-back national champs from Oregon State were among the guests of honor at the White House this afternoon.
The team arrived in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, and during the trip, had the opportunity to see parts of the nation’s capital, including the Capitol Building. After the ceremony with President Bush on Friday, the team was scheduled for an event with Oregon State alumni.
“This was a great opportunity,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “Our players and staff really had a great time on the visit. This was a wonderful opportunity the President offered us and we appreciate the gesture. The two national championships are a great accomplishment, and I’m proud of the fact our players had the chance to visit the nation’s capital.”
And, aside from calling our fine state "Ore-gone"....President Bush, while a bit generic, did have high-praise for the Beavers accomplishments.
“It is a beautiful day to welcome champs to the White House,” President Bush said at the outset of the ceremony. “And I'm honored to stand with some of our country's finest student athletes -- and look at some of our finest student athletes -- and glad to give you an excuse to skip class. But I'm really glad to welcome you here and to congratulate you on being a champion.
“I really enjoy a day like today. You didn't get to see, but I got to shake hands with athletes and coaches and people, some of whom have come a long way to be recognized here at the White House. And it is really a lot of fun to be with people who set high standards and work hard to achieve goals, which you've done.”
If you are interested in seeing the entire video feed from the White House....just head to the 'sports' section on kgw.com and look to the right of the page for the video.