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Obama welcomes Team USA to White House

Olympics: U.S. Olympic Team at the White House

Sep 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; From left, first lady Michelle Obama , President Barack Obama , U.S. Paralympic flag bearer and Navy Veteran Brad Snyder , U.S. Olympic flag bearer Mariel Zagunis , and Vice President Joe Biden , as they present the flag carried in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Members of the US Olympic and Paralympic Teams gathered on the south lawn at the White House Friday. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

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President Obama and his lovely First Lady, Michelle, took time out of their busy campaign and leading the free world schedule to welcome Team USA to the White House Friday morning.

More than 400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes filled the South Lawn, including Michael Phelps and Tyson Gay, who the President said inspired him to run a bit faster and do a few more crunches as he watched them “do things that I did not think were humanly possible.”

“You could not have been better ambassadors or better representatives of the United States,” Obama proudly added of the team. “You gave us all a summer we will never forget.”

And though disappointed he couldn’t join his wife in London, President Obama joked that he (by which he likely means an intern) had “mastered the DVR,” and was able to catch a little of everything this summer.

Flag bearers Mariel Zagunis and Brad Snyder presented America’s First Couple with the Stars and Stripes they carried into the London Olympic Stadium, and then the President stayed to take pictures with the team before getting back to the business of running America. U-S-A! U-S-A!