Welcoming the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to the White House, President Obama said Wednesday that quarterback Joe Flacco was challenging Vice President Joe Biden's status as the "most popular person in Delaware." Biden represented Delaware in the Senate for nearly four decades, and Flacco played college football at the University of Delaware.
"If you keep playing like that, you're going to challenge Biden for most popular person in Delaware," Obama said at the White House, surrounded by Ravens players, coaches and fans. And the president couldn't help but poke fun at the newly, deep-pocketed Flacco, who recently signed a $120 million contract with the Ravens. "Good timing with that contract, Joe," Obama quipped.
The president then highlighted defense stalwarts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Lewis, arguably the most popular player in franchise history, retired after the Super Bowl victory, and Reed signed with the Houston Texans in the offseason. "These two won't be wearing purple next year," Obama said. "Everybody's going to have to get used to that. It's welcome news for quarterbacks."
However, Obama refused to do Lewis' signature pre-game dance, despite prodding from players. The Ravens built a three-touchdown lead in February's Super Bowl, fending off a furious comeback by the San Francisco 49ers to win 34-31. And the Ravens weren't bashful about making predictions for next season.
"I want you to know," Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said, "we have plans to be back here next year."
Brian Hughes White House Correspondent