President Obama Pokes Fun at David Beckham

On Tuesday May 16, the Los Angeles Galaxy football team was honored at the Whitehouse for their 2011 Major League Soccer championship title. President Obama personally congratulated the team during a speech, calling them “the Miami Heat of soccer.” The Head of State also made a few jokes about David Beckham, saying “We also have a young up-and-comer on the team, a guy named David Beckham…I have to say I gave David a hard time – I said half his teammates could be his kids.”

The U.S. President then remarked on Beckham’s age, multiple injuries and his ability to fight past them, joking “In fact, it is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.”
Obama detailed the 72nd minute, game winning goal and the subsequent “all-night celebration,” the President continued “although my understanding is that David had to get up for carpool duty at 8 a.m., so his day was ending a little early.”

The puns weren’t all at Beckham’s expense, after complementing Robbie Keane as the “all-time leading scorer of the Irish national team,” Obama called him a “cousin of mine.” Following the press conference, Galaxy met with children involved in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.

Watch the speech below.

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