But while talking about the Cubs - who broke a 108-year-old World Series drought in 2016 with help from general manager Theo Epstein - Obama said: 'Theo, as you know, his job is to quench droughts: 86 years in Boston, 108 years in Chicago.
In thanks, the Cubs said they welcomed Obama as an "honorary" Cubs fan and gave him a Cubs jersey (along with one that just said "Chicago" in case he couldn't bring himself to be a Cub). "Welcome to the White House, the World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs!".
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"Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided", Obama said as he honored the team his wife grew up rooting for.
Throughout the event, it was evident that Obama was relishing his last chance to welcome a championship team to the White House. "She remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching the Cubs game and the bond and the family, the meaning, that the Cubs have for her in terms of connecting with her father, and why it meant so much for her".
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"I was in my hometown of Chicago on Tuesday for my farewell address and I said sometimes it's not enough just to change laws, you've got to change hearts and sports has a way of sometimes changing hearts in a way that politics or business doesn't", Obama noted.
In describing what was "widely considered one of the greatest Game 7's of all time", Obama ran through a play-by-play of the gut-wrenching moments that had Cubs fans on the edge of their seats that fateful November night. The Cubs' epic seven-game, extra-innings comeback victory over the Cleveland Indians past year ended the longest World Series drought in baseball history. They also presented him with a No. 44 jersey, a No. 44 tile from the team's scoreboard and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field for him and his family. The president also joked about how he and recently retired catcher David Ross both enjoyed a year long retirement party. "There is a line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here", Obama said.
He ended his speech by saying that sports are more effective than nearly anything else - certainly more than politics - at bringing people together.
"Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle, but ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were", Obama said.