President Joe Biden and first woman Dr. Jill Biden welcomed the 2023 NCAA ladies’s basketball champions, the Louisiana State College Tigers, to the White House on Friday, celebrating their accomplishments and the instance they’ve set for the nation.
“You didn’t simply play basketball, you didn’t simply make historical past, you confirmed us – ladies and boys, ladies and men – what it means to be a champion. You gave us hope and pleasure, a technique to discover that fireplace in ourselves. And most of all, the prospect to see you soar. Thanks for giving us these presents,” the primary woman stated.
Vice President Kamala Harris additionally spoke throughout the celebration ceremony, congratulating the Tigers on their first ever championship and applauding them for his or her inspiring instance.
“All through your record-breaking season, you confirmed the world who you might be. You’re leaders. You’re position fashions, and naturally you might be champions. Tigers, we all know via your grit, dedication, and brilliance you modified the sport. Once you take the courtroom, you encourage so many individuals throughout our nation and as we talked about earlier, you might be inspiring folks that you could be by no means meet,” Harris stated.
Throughout his remarks, President Biden celebrated the group’s record-breaking accomplishments and referred to as on the nation to help ladies’s athletics.
“Of us, we have to help ladies’s sports activities not simply throughout the championship runs however your entire yr and each season. Displaying up in individual, watching on tv, creating extra programming and sponsor and scholarship, and sponsorships and alternatives for hundreds of thousands of girls and ladies to understand their goals and know they will do actually something in any respect,” Biden stated.
In a while within the day, the Bidens will even welcome the NCAA males’s basketball champions, the College of Connecticut Huskies, for their very own celebration.
Following the president’s remarks, LSU Tigers co-captains Angel Reese and Emily Ward introduced group jersey to the Bidens.
Dr. Biden and Reese additionally hugged after the jersey presentation. There had been some public drama across the go to after the primary woman advised that LSU’s championship opponents, the College of Iowa Hawkeyes, would even be invited. Reese took subject with the feedback, which Biden walked again shortly after, and stated that she and her group wouldn’t go to the White House. Days later, Reese stated she would attend.
Throughout his remarks, the president additionally welcomed a number of the administration officers and members of Congress attending the occasion, together with a number of of the assorted negotiators from the White House and Capitol Hill who’re engaged on an settlement to boost the nation’s debt ceiling.
Two from Louisiana – Shalanda Younger, the director of the Workplace of Administration and Finances, and Rep. Garrett Graves, one in all House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s lead negotiators – have been available to have fun LSU.
Biden famous Graves’ presence alongside different lawmakers in attendance and gave a hearty shout-out to Younger, whom he stated is “placing collectively a deal, hopefully.”
“She’s reppin’ Baton Rouge and Clinton, Louisiana, and is now serving to lead the important funds talks we’re in the midst of now,” Biden stated. “However she stated, I’m leaving the talks to be right here.”
Graves and Younger each hail from the Baton Rouge space and have beforehand labored collectively. Younger’s mother and father are Graves’ constituents.
The proceedings have been delayed for a couple of minutes after a participant on the risers behind Biden appeared to go out or faint throughout his remarks. After a couple of minutes she was in a position to stand up and the folks within the room clapped. She was then introduced out of the room in a wheelchair.
“Like I stated, this isn’t the primary time this has occurred, to not her however to a variety of of us standing up on this stage,” Biden stated.