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President Obama welcomes Rick Pitino, Louisville Cardinals to the White House (VIDEO)


US President Barack Obama listens as Louisville Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama attended the event with the Louisville Cardinals to honor their 2013 NCAA Mens Basketball Champion win. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Louisville Cardinals made their way to the Nation’s Capital for their congratulatory meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. Obama, the avid basketball fan, thanked the Cardinals for “busting his bracket” and poked fun at the tattoo Rick Pitino promised to get if the Cards won it all.

Tim Henderson, Luke Hancock, Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith and Kevin Ware all got shoutouts in Obama’s 6-minute speech. When Pitino took the mic, he presented Obama with a Louisville Slugger bat and the traditional personalized team jersey.

For more from Louisville’s White House trip, click here to see the collage Rob Dauster put together.

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