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President Barack Obama called Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown to congratulate him on the Stanley Cup.
“Ted - I will come to a Caps game; I intended to come to a playoff game last season; and then I looked and you were done in the first round; after a 3 to 1 lead - sorry about that…”.
-President Barack Obama to Ted Leonsis, via Ted’s Take.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
The fact that it could infiltrate the cloistered and single-minded quarters of the Calgary Flames, that history could supersede habit, says plenty.
“We can catch highlights later—that’s usually on, but this was obviously a big day in history, a special day,” Flames captain Jarome Iginla said after Tuesday’s practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We had it on all our TVs. A different beginning to the hockey day. It was good. Pretty amazing.
“It’s pretty cool how many people came out, how excited people are about it, in different countries. There was a lot of hype for his speech, and what his speech would be. He’s such a good speaker. Most of the guys, yeah, were watching it.”
Craig Conroy, one of four Americans on the roster (David Moss, Eric Nystrom, Andre Roy are the others), agreed with Iginla. It was indeed a morning like no other.
“Every TV in here—anywhere you walked in the rink—it was all him. Him!” said Conroy. “It was Obama everywhere, you could go from one room to the next. It was fun, because everyone knows it’s history. First African-American. Probably the most powerful man in the world….”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The parallels in their personal histories are startling, remarkable even.
They are both products of an interracial marriage. Their fathers, black, hailed from Africa, one from Kenya, the other from Nigeria. Their mothers, white, hailed from the hinterland, one from Kansas in the American Midwest, the other from Edmonton in Canada’s frozen north.
The respective marriages faltered early, when they were babies, and so both were raised in households where the grandparents played prominent roles. They were accomplished athletes - one played high-school basketball in the U.S. the other major junior hockey in Canada. They were known, even in the early, more anonymous stages of their lives, for their leadership abilities.
Neither ever backed away from a fight, and while Barack Obama didn’t drop the gloves with Willie Mitchell or Cody McCormick or David Hale - as Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla did earlier this NHL season - the campaign to be president of the United States eventually evolved into something of a street fight in its latter days, too.
added 7:19am, A similar type story from Terry Frei of the Denver Post....
Whoever said hockey and politics can’t mix? James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen finds us some evidence:
Just take a look at the following actual quotes from the key figures in the race. (Now, I can’t 100-per-cent confirm the context of the statements, but I’m pretty sure I know what they were talking about.)
“I have fought against excessive spending my entire career, but we need to make it a priority to take care of our veterans.’‘
—Republican presidential candidate John McCain, on the Daniel Alfredsson contract extension.
“It’s not something that I’m proud of. It was a mistake as a young man.’‘
—Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on the time he bet on the Leafs to win the Cup.