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Cubs Will Visit Obama At The White House On Monday

By Stephen Gossett in News on Jan 11, 2017 4:03PM

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While all eyes were on President Barack Obama’s farewell address, White House sources let out that another major, Chicago-tied celebration is in the works for the very near future. The Chicago Cubs will visit the White House on Monday, Jan. 16.

As with federal transit funding and the Department of Justice, it appears the Cubs too were playing a bit of beat-the-clock: the World Series champs will take the trip to Washington, D.C. and meet President Obama just four days before he leaves office and PEOTUS Donald Trump is sworn in. (The hurry-up was presumably not initiated by Cubs co-owner—and Trump’s Deputy Commerce Secretary pick—Todd Ricketts.)

When the Cubs won the epic Game Seven to claim their first World Series championship since 1908, sending the North Side into a collective symbolic goat-meat feast, Obama asked the Cubs via Twitter if they’d make the White House trip before he left office. Ever the South Sider, Obama is of course a diehard White Sox fan; but even several of those were duly swept up in the Cubs’ historic run.